Red Cross opening shelter in Charlotte Tuesday


  (Charlotte, NC) - The local chapter of the Red Cross will open a shelter tomorrow for evacuees from Hurricane Gustav.  A local evacuee shelter will open at noon on Tuesday to provide Gulf coast residents a safe place to stay while they await word about their homes in the path of the hurricane.

The shelter will be located at the Victory Christian Center, 7228 Old Pineville Road Charlotte.  Volunteers will be setting up the shelter at 8 am and with the opening scheduled for noon.

Pamela Jefsen, CEO of the Greater Carolinas Red Cross stated, "The Victory Christian Center is one of our treasured faith partners.  The have take preparation seriously and have had their facility certified and have trained and tested 70 volunteers from their congregations.  Especially with schools in session, we greatly appreciate this resource."

The shelter will remain open as long as it is needed.

The Red Cross has launched a fundraising effort to support the flooding and Hurricane Gustav relief.  Jefsen said, "We can only help the victims of disaster because generous businesses and  individuals in our community step forward and provide funds.  We are the conduit for the caring of neighbors and friends all over the country."

Donations can be made on line at