'Survive the Night' provides hot meals in cold weather - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

'Survive the Night' provides hot meals in cold weather

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The Salvation Army's Survive the Night program distributes hot food and blankets to the homeless during cold weather. The Salvation Army's Survive the Night program distributes hot food and blankets to the homeless during cold weather.

Noah Wright has lived on the streets of Lubbock for two and a half months. He says he has been down on his luck and relies on God to get him through. He says one of the things that keeps him going is the Salvation Army's "Survive the Night" program.

With freezing temperatures outside, many Lubbock residents are bundling up in scarves and gloves and looking forward to a hot cooked meal. However, some folks across Lubbock do not have that luxury because they are living on the streets. To help them out, the Salvation Army has a program called "Survive the Night." They use their mobile kitchen and hand out hot food and warm clothing to people who might otherwise not have them.

"It's kind of rough right now because it's cold," Wright said. "If we didn't have the Salvation Army, I don't know what we'd have."

Whenever the temperature dips below freezing, before 6 p.m., the Salvation Army rolls out their mobile kitchen.

"We want them to survive the night and give a hot meal - hot chocolate, hot coffee - get their core warm going into the night," volunteer Dave Frericks said.

In addition to food, Salvation Army volunteers also offer up warm clothing.

"We give them scarves and hats and blankets and socks," Frericks said.

Frericks has been volunteering with the Salvation Army for more than three decades. He says his service is a labor of love.

"I love what we can do for others and just once in a while you get a hug. Once in awhile a 'God Bless," and that's about all it takes to keep me going," Frericks said.

Salvation Army employee Melody Paton says her organization also offers homeless residents a place to stay if they need it.

"We want to try and bring them into our shelter. We're out there and able to convince them to come in and get out of that life threatening situation and cold and come in and stay in our shelter with us. That's the ultimate success," Paton said.

For people like Wright, the help is much more than a warm meal and a blanket. Wright says it's a godsend, and he feels blessed to receive the help.

"That touches my heart and I thank God every day for letting me wake up and live. I'm down on my luck right now but God watches out for me," Wright said.

You can find more information or donate online at the Salvation Army web site.

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