Cold weather makes for dangerous nights for the homeless

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- On cold weather days Joseph Spalding says he doesn’t know what he would do without the Catholic Action Center.

“I just thank god for it. I thank Ginny,” said Joseph Spalding.

Spalding is homeless and says he’s had to stay out in the bitter cold before.

“Awe it’s really hard. If it wasn’t for this place I might freeze to death,” said Spalding.

Spalding is not alone, the Catholic Action Center says it’s been packed with people over the last few days try to escape the frigid temperatures.

“Our beds are full but we have our gathering room that our community has opened up to anyone who needs to be able to stay out of the cold,” said Ginny Ramsey with the Catholic Action Center.

The center says it’s received hundreds of donations of gloves, coats and hats but with this month’s colder than average temperatures it’s already running low.

“We have gone through what we normally go through not until the end of December,” said Ramsey.

So the center is again asking for the community’s support.

“What we need right now the most are hats, gloves, hand warmers and sleeping bags,” said Ramsey.

Hats and gloves for people just like Spalding who says he couldn’t imagine having to go outside without them.

“I’m very thankful. Thank god,” said Spalding.

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