Local organization helps out homeless in bitter cold - WNEM TV 5

Local organization helps out homeless in bitter cold

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Winter weather takes a toll on everyone, but it’s especially hard for those living out in the elements. Luckily, local organizations are helping out.

“This one, they actually give back to the community more than any other place I've seen,” Cayleb Creasman said.

Temperatures are getting colder and stress levels are getting even higher for those who don’t have a place to call home

The Salvation Army in Bay City is stepping up this season to help out, though.

“We see from anywhere between a 100-150, sometimes 200 a day, six days a weeks and our warming center we just opened up and people just kinda come and go throughout the day,” said Shirley Myers, one of the directors at the Salvation Army in Bay City.

It means hot food and a warm place to go.

The Salvation Army opens their doors to the public Sunday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

They serve coffee, donuts, and a hot lunch to those who need it.

“Some of the people just don’t have enough means to go through when it comes to meals and preps. Some of them are elderly,” Myers said. “We like to keep accountability where certain people are, make sure they’re safe and protected but we also like to offer hot meals to those who might not otherwise get a hot meal.”

One of those people is Creasman, who is currently homeless. He said freezing temperatures makes a bad situation much worse.

“It’s hard and its scary but you manage you get through it,” he said. “This is a warm place, it will get you off the street and its colder than heck out.”

Organizers said all the donations being dropped into those red kettles you see around the area are going right back into helping the community.

“The red kettles are our one major fundraiser for the years. We do have fundraisers throughout the year but that’s our one major one that helps to contribute to the operation of this building, keeping it open year round so anything that goes into the kettle stays in our community and supports all of the services that we do,” Myers said.

The Salvation Army will accept donations with the traditional red kettles throughout the holiday season.

You can also donate coats, canned goods and other items.

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