Salvation Army increases capacity during cold spell - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Salvation Army increases capacity during cold spell


By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the cold temperatures continue overnight it will get dangerous for folks who don't have a place to go. The Salvation Army's traveling canteen will go out from 7-9 p.m. to try and help the people in the Lubbock community who don't have the comfort of a warm home.

"All of these things, we'll hand out tonight for those who are out on the street trying to survive this thing," said Captain Mike Morton with the Salvation Army. 

They will offer blankets, hats, gloves, and a warm meal to anyone who comes to their canteen. They will also disregard their shelter restrictions because of the cold.

"We relax all of our rules, and there is nothing to stop anybody from coming into our shelter. You need a place to stay, come on down," said Morton.

Capacity at the Salvation Army is usually 48. Wednesday night 53 people slept there. They're prepared to serve up to 200 as the cold continues so people like Amanda Kershman have a safe haven.

"They will continue helping us as long as we are trying to better ourselves, trying to get up on our feet," she said. Kershman is 6 months pregnant, so the harsh weather is especially bitter. "It's pretty bad, especially if you don't have a hat and gloves, and a lot of us don't," she said. 

The Salvation Army hopes everyone without a place to stay will go there during this cold spell, because they're afraid of what could happen if they don't.

"That becomes a numbing effect, and then the chill hits inside. When the body temperature in the core reduces so low, they literally freeze to death," said Morton. 

Anyone who has to be out in the cold should make sure to bundle up. Doctors say the cold weather could have negative effects even if you're only out in it for as little as 15 minutes.

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