Hundreds line up for gift card giveaway

October 22, 2008 10:04:15 AM PDT
It's another long wait for gift cards on Galveston Island today. Many of the Hurricane Ike survivors say the wait is worth it, considering they have no money, no food and no home.ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim

Some people spent the night waiting for the $200 Wal-Mart gift cards being handed out after reports of people waiting for hours yesterday. Some residents have spent more than 24 hours in line.

Two-hundred dollars might not seem like a lot of money, but when you're trying to rebuild your life and your home, the $200 is like $2000 for many of them.

"My hopes are that they're giving out $200 Wal-Mart gift cards and that will fill my truck up five times coming in from League City," said resident Julie Quiroga. "I'm not used to driving in from League City. When you're down to one vehicle and it's a gas guzzler, you do all you can."

Each person must first visit with a case worker. Then they will have to prove they are a resident of Galveston. Residents can either show a driver's license, a state ID or some registration papers from FEMA.

There were already 210 people in line as of 6am today. The Salvation Army is only helping only 250 people at a time. That's because of the limited case workers on the site. There are no other volunteers. The organization that is helping those in need is in need of help themselves. The distribution center is open from 10am until 5pm.

Another distribution center from the Salvation Army has come online today in the Kemah area. They will be at the Kemah Community Center at 800 Harris Avenue. That center will be open from 10am to 5pm and it will be assisting residents from Kemah, Seabrook and San Leon.

The city of Galveston wants to know what else can be done to help its residents. A town hall meeting will be held tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Galveston Island Convention Center at 5600 Seawall. Representatives from FEMA as well other state agencies that are helping in the disaster relief efforts will be on hand to answer questions from people looking for assistance.

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