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Local homeless shelters prepare for the cold weather

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COLUMBUS, GA - Temperatures are dropping. That means local shelters are working to make sure they can fit and feed as many people as they can.

Organizations like House of Mercy, Valley Rescue Mission, and the Salvation Army help the homeless and those in need on a daily basis. But when the temperature drops, the demand for a warm place to stay gets higher.

“There are a lot of people out there on the streets,” said Robert Morgan from Valley Rescue Mission. “And when it gets really cold like this, they need a place to go to get out of the cold.”

All of the shelters are taking extra measures to make sure everyone in need is taken care of.

“Know that you're welcome to come in and be with us, to get a hot meal, get you a good warm shower, to have your bedding to sleep in and get out of the elements of the weather,” said Elder Bobby Harris, Director of House of Mercy. “Because it's going to get really cold, and that cold weather can make us sick, and we don't want to see anybody sick.”

Being prepared means more staff and more supplies.

“We are prepared to accommodate more men than we would usually take,” said Morgan. “We'll get mattresses together. We'll just be ready, and have our men ready to supply extra bedding, extra food that they might need and things like that.”

The shelters are also giving donated blankets and sleeping bags to those who need a way to stay warm outside away from the shelter.

“The weather has dropped,” said Elder Harris. “It's really cold out there and we don't want to see anybody freezing or cold. We're just giving those blankets away to them.”

And with more cold weather on the way, every shelter is doing what they can to help as many people as possible.

“We're not going to turn anybody away here,” said Morgan. “We're not going to turn anybody away here. They're going to have a place to go.”

If you would like to help any of these organizations, click on the links below:

House of Mercy: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/shelter.cgi?shelter=7623

Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmy-georgia.org/SearchDetail.asp?Zip=31902

Valley Rescue Mission: http://valleyrescuemission.org/
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