Community Answers Call for Help

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 1/29 12:20 am

Emergency shelters are popping up around Lexington to help those with no warm place to go. 

These shelters are over crowded, well beyond capacity but still not turning anyone away.

Monday the shelters gave a desperate call for supplies to keep up with the growing need.

Tuesday the shelters expect even more people to come in for assistance but they said the community answered the call for help.

“It's just too cold in there for me,” said Janice Eaddy, her heat went out in her apartment and she’s now staying at the Catholic Action Center.

After dinner is served at The Catholic Action Center, clean up happens quick.  Normally it closes for the night but during this cold snap, about 30 people, including Eaddy, sleep in the booths to escape the cold and the other overcrowded shelters.

“That's the thing; everyone working together can stop it from being overfull,” said Ginny Ramsey with The Catholic Action Center.

Harvest Worship Center also changed it’s normal routine to help keep people in from the cold.  

“We have a lot of walkers in this area that will get out during the day and walk and they just simply get too cold and they don't realize how cold it is and how dangerous it can be,” said Thomas Hood, a member at Harvest Worship Center.

Harvest Worship Center is open during the day.  It has many people coming in from the cold while they run errands or wait for the bus.

These shelters have come together and they say the community has come forward with donations.

“The outpouring that's been continuous and we're just really happy to be able to help out some of these centers that are really full to capacity,” said Cameron Minter with The Community Action Council.

“We have received a lot of donations that have come into our office today, a lot of donations,” said Townsend Miller with The Salvation Army.  “For someone who doesn't own those items, a pair of gloves, a hat, a scarf, it can be very, very special, can be almost life changing.”

The Catholic Action Center said it has given out more than 8,000 blankets and more than 2,800 coats, all donations, just this month.

All the local shelters said they still need donations to help them get through this cold snap and the rest of winter.

Supplies Shelters Need:

Salvation Army: bread, pasta, canned meat, peanut butter, twin sheets, hats and gloves

Community Action Council: socks, trash bags, gloves and personal hygiene products

The Hope Center: gloves, hats and towels

Catholic Action Center: coffee, sugar, creamer, blankets and cleaning supplies.

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