Shelters ask for donations as more people escape the bitter cold

Shelters ask for donations as more people escape the bitter cold

Jerry Staten Jr. says he understands what it's like to be on the street in the bitter cold.

"It's pretty rough for people on the outside," he said. "You do what you have to do to survive."

Staten is now taking refugee at Open Door Mission's men's shelter.

The dangerous temperatures outside are the reason for a packaged house inside.

"Dinner lines are longer, the shower lines are longer, everything takes a little bit longer," said senior program director Steve Frazee.

It's why Open Door Mission says it needs supplies like pillows, blankets towels and toilet paper.

In the bunk house, there are 160 beds, and at night the room is full.

It's why organizers have pulled out sleeping mats to help shelter even more people overnight.

"We do these things because we understand that folks are in a difficult place," said Frazee.

The organization is also looking for clothing, socks, boots and jackets to help keep these men warm when they are outside.

Staten says he's thankful to be out of the cold, and prays for those who are not as fortunate.

"You just hope they find a place like this to stay warm," said Staten.

More resources:
Salvation Army Warming Stations

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