The Salvation Army shelter prepares to receive more homeless people this week

The Salvation Army shelter prepares to receive more homeless people this week

POSTED: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 4:44pm

UPDATED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 10:03am

The Salvation Army in Central El Paso is getting ready for extra visitors this upcoming holiday week. As the date gets closer, they're asking for your help to make sure the homeless in our community can enjoy a warm meal and have a place to stay.

Everything is almost ready for their annual Christmas dinner but shelter officials say caring about the homeless goes beyond this time of year.

There are currently more than 100 El Pasoans living in the shelter and that number is expected to increase in the following days.

During the past few months the shelter has collected toys for homeless children but there's more need for food and winter clothing. According to the center's development director; this is the busiest season for them and that's why they're encouraging the community to donate a bit more.

"Most people think of the homeless during Thanksgiving and Christmas and we're very appreciative of that but this really is a cause that we address year round so just right after Christmas we're continuing to take care of the homeless," development director Rose Lucero said.

On Sunday morning some El Pasoans including two young boys visited the shelter to help out and told me why they think giving back to the less fortunate is important.

"Some people don't have anything, some people don't have food and they don't have shoes, “Christian Garcia said.

"Because community means you're helping out people with food that don't have food," Sebastian Garcia said.

The shelter is inviting the public to donate canned foods, blankets and even cash donations. If you'd like more information on how you can help call: (915) 544-9811

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