It's the time of year when temperatures begin to drop, and people start turning on the heater, but not everyone has that option. People who live on the streets suffer through the cold, and now several Lubbock citizens are right alongside them.
A group of concerned Lubbock citizens got together a few months ago to organize an event called Lie Down to Stand Up. It started with a prayer vigil Saturday Night, and participants actually spend the night outside with the homeless. They hope it will bring attention to the problems homeless people face in Lubbock, people like Walter Paschal, or "Red" to those who know him. "They call me red here on the street. I've been living up here on the streets a long time," said Paschal.
Paschal used to sleep in a gazebo next to the Mahon Library, but a few months ago the city tore it down taking away the little shelter Paschal and others without a home could find. That's when a group of concerned Lubbock citizens decided to bring attention to the plight of the homeless in Lubbock. "We're planning to spend the night and build relationships with the homeless, and hopefully those that have never been along side of them come along side of them to get to know that they're people just like the rest of us, and that they deserve a chance," said organizer Dale Milhauser.
They call it Lie Down to Stand Up, and organizers hope spending the night on concrete will encourage people to do just that. "I think that once we experience that, there's no way that we'll be able to ignore it," said Organizer, Chad Wheeler.
Eventually organizers hope to provide a night shelter during the winter months. "Being out here in the weather. That's the very hardest part," said Paschal.
The group says they have the volunteer man power to run a shelter this winter, but they need someone to donate property. If you would like to help with their efforts to help the homeless you can call We Can at 368-7334.