HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – As temperatures drop sharply from Sunday night into Monday morning, the cold weather is a big concern for people who may not have a place to stay or working heat at their homes.
“The homeless are at risk for hypothermia,” Theresa Cashion of the Huntington City Mission said. “They could freeze to death and we're really concerned.”
On Sunday afternoon, workers at the Huntington City Mission handed out warm blankets, coats and jackets to people in need. They also dished up hot meals.
“People that are homeless, people that need food,” Keith Davis, who comes to the Huntington City Mission for meals, said. “I think it's a good outreach for people that really need help.”
Davis said he came Sunday to pick up warm clothes and wasn’t sure if he would stay overnight with the cold temperatures approaching. Cashion said many of their clients do the same thing and don’t like to stay overnight for a variety of reasons.
“Sometimes they have social anxiety or mental situations where they just don't feel comfortable around other people,” Cashion said.
Jimmie Landers was homeless for four months when he first moved to Huntington last year.
“I didn't know where to go [and] ended up on the streets. But now, thank God, I got a place to live,” Landers said.
Landers comes to the Huntington City Mission now to eat his meals and spend time with friends. He said he worries about seeing people on the streets in this weather, but is grateful for organizations such as the Huntington City Mission.
“People ought to realize in this world, if it wasn't for people like that giving out clothes and coats and stuff like that, and blankets, people ought to appreciate it more often, you know?” Landers said.
“We can accommodate at least another 30 homeless individuals to come in, and we will improvise. We won't turn anybody away,” Cashion said. “If it's a heat situation, I think that we would be more than willing to help somebody to get them in from the cold, protect them from the weather.”