Homeless shelters see influx of those in need

Weathering the cold temperatures

TEXARKANA - Folks coming in from the cold leads to a new record at Randy Sam's Outreach Shelter.  Executive Director Jennifer Laurent said, "A hundred and thirty-two people is a whole lot of mouths that need to be fed.  That's about a thirty-percent increase over our normal average."

That number is expected to remain steady during the dangerously cold conditions.  Laurent said, "We will have some people that come, that have housing, but their housing may not have electricity or gas to power their heat." 

The situation is stretching the shelter's budget.  Laurent said their stockpiles are depleted.  Now, she's asking for more blankets, food and monetary donations.  "Our electric bill, our gas bill, our water bill goes up like everybody else's the more people that are in their household." 
At the Salvation Army, their facility has been at capacity since the cold snap.  This week, they've housed an additional forty-two people.  Women and children are among them.

If you're interested in contacting the Salvation Army, call (870) 774-2701

If you're interested in contacting Randy Sam's Outreach Shelter, call (903) 792-7024

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