Cameron Communications Leads the Way in Local Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Helping Displaced New Orleans Residents Locate Missing Family and Friends

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Regional Phone Company reaches out to victims of hurricane Katrina to bring communications relief to those in need.

Cameron Communications today announced the distribution of more 3,500 prepaid calling cards for those who have been displaced by hurricane Katrina and are taking refuge at the Lake Charles Louisiana Civic Center, Burton Coliseum, in addition to those evacuees being given shelter by various organizations and churches in Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, Rapides, Vernon Parishes, and Southeast Texas.

“We were approached by area leaders to provide additional communications services to victims of Hurricane Katrina, who have been relocated to our surrounding communities and we were only too happy to oblige. We’re in the process of distributing 3,500 prepaid calling cards with nearly 350,000 minutes of use to the evacuees. Cameron wants to make a difference in helping these folks start to not only find their loved ones, but helping them put their lives back together.” said George Mack, President and General Manager of Cameron Communications.

As an active participant in Katrina relief efforts in our rural Louisiana service areas of Cameron, Allen, Beauregard, Vernon, Rapides Parishes, as well as our Texas service areas of Nome, High Island and Gilchrist, Texas; Cameron Communications has provided more than 21 additional phone lines, broadband connections and 3,500 prepaid calling cards at no charge to more than a dozen different organizations, all providing shelter to Katrina evacuees who have been relocated to facilities in these regions

Gary Hightower, the Vice President of Employee and Public Relations continued, “For nearly 80 years, we’ve been active participants in the community. This is our home and the folks from New Orleans are our family and our friends. Anything we can do to help them out, we’re going to do. We’ve been working very closely with the Red Cross and local authorities to help do what we can. Our employees have taken over 50 evacuees into their homes and I’ve got staff helping out at the shelters everyday. We believe it’s the right thing to do. These folks have lost everything and it’s up to us to help.”

Cameron Communications efforts have not stopped there. Additional relief efforts are being coordinated with http://www.itcouldhavebeenus.com, a local web site providing an online resource for those people looking for ways to help or to try to find friends and family not yet accounted for in the evacuation. In the coming weeks, Cameron Communications will continue to work with the local governments and do its’ utmost to do as it has always done; meet the needs of communities residing in Southwest Louisiana and Southeastern Texas. For additional information or to find out how you can help, please visit http://www.itcouldhavebeenus.com.

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