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Homeless Shelters in Need of Winter Supplies

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 7:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 8:12pm

With quickly dropping temperatures, the number of people entering homeless shelters is increasing just as fast.

"During cold weather, we open up our dining room. We have some mattresses that we spread out and then we can also pull out the cots. We have about 50 to 60 cots for this reason," said John Martin from the Salvation Army Family Shelter. 

Martin says people who need a roof over their head are pouring in.

"If you look at this time last week versus this week that's about a 20 to 25% increase," Martin said.

The shelter is trying to prepare by making more food and collecting extra beds and blankets for those who are just staying a few nights, like Hiram Hernandez.

"It's just a place to sleep and a place where I can get some food," Hernandez said.

Living on the streets is hard enough, but chilly weather makes it harder to survive.

"I would be out in the streets. Probably more sick than I am now," Hernandez said.

Shelters are asking the community for blankets, coats and towels so they can continue to keep people dry and out of the cold.

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