The Open Door Mission says there has been a 40% increase in people needing services like food and care this winter and with this weekend's extreme cold weather the need will be even greater.
"Frigid weather like this means that people on the streets, no matter their age or health, simply get way too cold for their own good," says Open Door Mission President-CEO Candace Gregory. "Frostbite begins when skin temperature is 23 degrees or less for even a short while. That's why keeping people warm and covered is so important this time of year."
Gregory says they've pulled overflow mats out of storage for homeless men, women and children to have a safe shelter. Volunteers and chefs are busy preparing food to serve more meals to those who are hungry. "We're handing out coats, hats, mittens and gloves to each guest who is leaving the campus to make sure they stay covered and warm against the cold."
The current number of homeless guests has created a need for pillows, blankets, toilet paper and monetary gifts through www.OpenDoorMission.org. Donations are being accepted at any of Open Door Mission's three Family Outreach Centers Tuesday - Thursday from 9:30AM-6PM and Friday - Saturday from 8:30AM-5PM: