Charities rally to help the homeless as cold weather sinks in - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Charities rally to help the homeless as cold weather sinks in


With freezing temperatures settling in across the South Plains, local non-profits and churches are doing their part to make sure the homeless community is off the streets.

The Salvation Army brought additional cots to their emergency warmth center to accommodate all the extra people expected to seek shelter.

Anyone who seeks help from the Salvation Army will receive clothes, a warm meal, a shower and of course a warm bed for the night.

The shelter wasn't at full capacity on Thursday night, but Social Service Director Dianne Taylor says that they could see numbers close to maximum.

"We will fill up our beds. We have our emergency cots, and then see where we go from there." Taylor said.

The cots will be placed inside open rooms once the beds are filled.

Carpenter's Church is normally a day shelter, but when extreme weather rolls in, the center remains open all night.

Executive Pastor Chad Wheeler says the church serves as overflow for Salvation Army and Tent City residents if they reach capacity.

"The people that are staying here on emergency cold nights are people that are staying outside, sleeping around dumpsters or in alleys with no shelter whatsoever from the elements." Wheeler said.

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