Fire Victim Says Families Still Need Help

Frustration has apparently set in for some people affected by an apartment fire Apr. 2.

Several local agencies have provided temporary housing for seven families who had lived at Village Apartments.

But Monday, some residents leveled an allegation against the American Red Cross.

"People were saying they were donating money for us to Red Cross, but we haven't seen it," said Shametris Watson, whose unit at Village Apartments burned. "They paid for us three nights in a hotel and they are saying there is nothing else they can do."

"We have had people call to donate clothing, and that is something the Red Cross does not take," said executive director Susan Wehr. "And we refer them to The Salvation Army. But we have had no dollars, no funding, donated specific to the fire victims of the Village Apartment fires."

The Red Cross, Multi-County Community Service Agency and Wesley House have all provided help to the families who lost their homes and possessions in the fire.

Management of Village Apartments said it could be months before those burned units are livable.

The Red Cross Key Chapter has been strapped itself this year. It has made appeals for general donations to its Fire Victims Assistance Fund. Since Jan. 1, 2010, it says it has aided 268 people whose property was involved in 67 fires in its service area. The Key Chapter says it has paid out nearly $34,000 this year in emergency assistance.


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  • by goverment of merdian Location: Washington,D.C. on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    sharn you will be sood help the victims please i will donate 3,000 dolalrs to them.
  • by unbelievable on Apr 17, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    You people arent "VICTIMS" because of this fire. You're "VICTIMS" because you're living (were) in government housing. You're "VICTIMS" because you're living off the WELFARE SYSTEM and all the other GOV provided care. You're a VICTIM to the "system"....Sure there are some who really needs GOV help but then there are those who "take advantage" of things that they really do not need......."Three night hotel stay is not enough"....BOO ______ HOO.....They really didnt have to provide THAT. They couldve pointed you to the nearest homeless shelter and said GOOD LUCK.....What did you do while in the hotel? Did you try to reach out to relatives, did you try to line up job leads or did you just sit and watch tv?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    how didi the fire even start??
  • by tired Location: Meridian on Apr 15, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    For someone who lost everything and needs so much how are you finding time to comment on the computer?
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Apr 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    My feelings are hurt. Wonder what that demon in me thinks about that? Lady on TV: You are crawfishing now. I am not saying that is bad, it is good. The fact is that you did accuse the American Red Cross of stealing. Bottom Line!
  • by SHUT UP! on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    The only racist people on here seem to be the black people. You are the one's steriotyping on here. I can read every comment and pick out the one's that are from black people because it's always about race! If my mother would have gotten on the news whining and crying about not having enough help when she is getting more than alot of people have gotten before her I would tell her she was ungrateful and needed to check herself. But you know, maybe we should build all the victims a new 3000 square ft house, by them all new tv's, get them a whole new closet of clothes, and what ever else it takes to make them feel more comfortable. According to some of you I am probably racist for my comments but I could care less what you think. If thinking that a person should be thankful and humbled by any help you recieve makes me a racists than I guess I am and I am proud of it! Where are these people's families in all of this by the way? Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins?
  • by lady on t v on Apr 15, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    yes,i did say that,but that wasnt all i said i am so sick of robert who ever you are.get the facts straight,like i am trying to i did say more than what wasit tv. I DO THANK RED CROSS FOR HELPING,I WAS ANSWERING A QUESTION ASKED BY THE REPORTER,THATS HOW MY STATEMENT GOT CUT-OFF,I KNOW WHAT I SAID.THE LORD IN HEAVEN KNOW,IM SORRY TO THE PEOPLEWHO TOOK OFFENSE TO THAT,BUT I CANT TELL A REPORTER HOW TO DO HIS JOB IF ID KNOWN IT WASNT GONNA COME OUT RIGHT I NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE IT.BUT FOR YALL WHO CARES IT WASNT LIKE IT SEEM.ROBERT IM STILL PRAYING GOD TAKE THE DEMON OUT OF YOU.....
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    "People were saying they were donating money for us to Red Cross, but we haven't seen it," said Shametris Watson, whose unit at Village Apartments burned. This is directly from the article. So to the anonymous who said she never stated they were giving money to the red cross-yes she did! And just who is doing the racial profiling? The red cross, the fire department, the fire itself? Who? Those of us who have decided to NOT donate b/c it is obviously going to be judged and not appreciated? Face it- she made herself and her neighbors look greedy and ungrateful. She accused a charity of stealing. So, no one wants to help now b/c who knows what she would accuse us of. Also, the reason there is no housing available was stated several months ago. There is an 8 page waiting list for housing in Meridian. Mostly due to kids turning 21 and wanting their own house. Wish someone had given me a house at 21. Boy that must be nice.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    I GUESS THAT WE WILL JUST HAVE AN TEA PARTY AND JUST FORGOT ABOUT THE BURN OUT FAMILY AND LET YOUR GOVERN SPEND MILLION OF DOLLARS ON FIGHTING AGAINST INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY.YEAYEAYEA WHEN WILL YOU PULL OFF THE WHITE SHEET AND START ACTING LIKE GODLY PEOPLE.
  • by taifa Location: meridian ms on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    @ Bj everybody life wasnt handed to them on a silver platter! When the truth be told half of yall people are sorry low lifes to! Dont ever think because of our skin we are dumb and dont understand what you all are saying cause we do! When the truth be told you all the ones who need to get a life! Cause if you had one you wouldnt be on here with all this negativety! If you dont want to help keep your comments to yourself! So Sharon ,
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