The recent cold snap is taking a toll on local shelters. They are in desperate need of some winter essentials.
People are coming into the Timberlake Outreach Center at the Open Door Mission looking for blankets and space heaters, but the are finding they're all gone.
Lisa Long was one of the many hoping to get those items. “They don't have a blanket and a space heater. It would have been nice if we could get one, but I've been in luck to get some furniture.”
John and Marion Wheeler also wanted some relief from the cold. “Mostly for blankets. Other than that right now our furnace is down in our house. Until it's fixed we use space heaters around the house."
People are also coming in for winter clothes like coats and the shelter is overflowing with people. “We're seeing people coming in off the streets that have been living in their cars, abandoned buildings, in their homeless camps. They're coming in off the streets because it's deadly cold. Not only with the temperature drop, but with the wind. It's really bitter,” said Candace Gregory.
Not only has the Outreach Center been busy, but so is the kitchen. They're serving around 2,000 hot meals a day. On the menu today salad, fruit, and chili. Many of these people are grateful to get some warm food on a cold day like this.
If you have blankets, space heaters, or coats you can drop those off at the Open Door Mission.
Also, the Siena Francis House is currently at 150 percent capacity. They are in need of hats, gloves, scarves, socks and boots.