Ginny Ramsey, of the Catholic Action Center, says they were able to distribute 12,000 blankets and 5,000 coats to those who couldn’t afford them in just the last month.
John, who stays at the Community Inn every night works during the day in construction.
He cannot afford housing right now because he sends most of his pay out of town to his wife and 3 kids.
Ramsey says it’s not just the homeless who are seeking shelter this year.
According to Ramsey, an estimated 60,000 people live at or below the poverty line in Lexington.
Many of these families are struggling to pay their heating bills and can’t afford more blankets to stay warm.
While the Catholic Action Center has seen a large supply of donations come in, they now need help paying their own utility bills, that have doubled at many of their locations.
The Salvation Army says their emergency shelter is running low on supplies after an increase in demand.
To help, Karen Mielcarek, a licensed Zumba instructor will hold a charity Zumba event at the Salvation Army’s Lexington location on March 12 at 6:30 in the evening.
Each $10 ticket will be donated to the emergency shelter for women and children.