September 4, 2005 -- Posted at 3:00 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, AR-- The hurricane evacuees have come to Jonesboro, in search of kindness and comfort. And that's what they have found. Donations pile in to the Red Cross and to local Shelters, and the evacuees say the response is overwhelming.
But some of the evacuees say as soon as they got here, they realized they need to do something. Having only their cell phones as a mean of communication, Tim Greene and Tres Lonegrass realized their connections might help someone.
"As soon as we got here,(the Holiday Inn), we decided we needed a central location for communication and information. We know we can't find everyones missing loved ones, but with my connections, and Tres' connections, we can put all this information together and help find out about family members."
ASU donated 3 computers for the evacuees, and Tim said the first thing he packed was his laptop.
Inside a meeting room in the Holidome, these two men have set up an information center for hotel guests. People can find who is offering dinners, services, jobs, medical assisstance, and many other things we take for granted.
Tres said it's already helping those who have loved ones still in the disaster area.
"I had a girl come up to me tonight and say she needed to find out about her missing father who was in a hospital in Lakeside. I said, hey I can help you. Because what we are doing is, people are bringing us information. If one family knows something about an area, someone else might need that information, and we can just provide those connections."
Update September 5, 2005 3:15 p.m.
Tim Greene, said their system is working. The woman that spoke with Tres about her father, met with Tim today and they were able to locate her dad. He said when they made a connection over the phone, tears just started flowing.
He says that's what this is all about and he says his sole purpose in life, right here, right now, is to help the other victims find information and loved ones.