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This week, Springfield-based Convoy of Hope has been delivering five trucks a day filled with water, ice and food to the small community of Picayune, Mississippi. Jeff Nene is the media director for Convoy of Hope. He has spent much of the week in Picayune. KSMU's Missy Shelton caught up with Jeff Nene in Springfield just before he headed back down south. Missy Shelton's conversation with Jeff Nene begins with his description of what it's like in Picayune.
Nene: It was eerily similar to what I saw in Southeast Asia after the tsunami. People are shell shocked. They wake up one day and their world has changed. Some of them have lost homes, family members and it's just like everything has changed. For me, it's a thrill and I don't mean that in a fun sort of way but it's a real thrill to go there and give them some hope. Because that's what they don't have right now. Maybe, because we're faith-based, yeah, there is hope there. To be a part of giving them hope is exciting.
Shelton: I know you have rules when you set up a station in terms how many bags of ice and how much water people get. How hard is it to adhere to your rules?
Nene: You have no idea how hard it is to enforce the rules you've had to set up. The first day, we were limited on supplies so we said two bags of ice and one case of water per car. So, the first car comes in and they're asking for extra. We said,