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Taking shelter from the cold

Local shelters are seeing a spike in the number people looking for a place to lay their head.

Winter is here, and shelters are getting full.

Here at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, they're at capacity, but they still make room.

"We've been putting out extra cots every night,” says D.J. Hejtmanek, Director of Development and Communications at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. “I think they put out 19 last night and they're expecting even more tonight."

They have around 180 people right now, and they'll continue to put out extra cots for whoever needs them.

At the Salvation Army, their shelter is full as well, but they continue to make room.

They started prepping months ago to see more people.

"As soon as the cold snap struck, we saw people, you know, coming in seeking shelter,” says Lakesha Mosley, Development Director at the Salvation Army. “The very first night of the season we had about seven, and now we have it's increased to about 15 extra cots that we've put out."

While the shelters can make room, both can use donations from the public.

“Right now, we really need toiletries, things for children, emergency items, diapers,” says Mosley.

"We are a non-profit entity and we take tax deductible donations, so monetary donations are wonderful, because then we can put it towards exactly what's needed at that moment," says Hejtmanek.

That way those who need a break from the cold, won't be turned away.

If you would like to donate to either shelter, here are more items they can use: hats, large gloves, socks, umbrellas and baby formula.

Drop off donations at these locations:

Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission
901 McNeil
Shreveport, LA 71101

Salvation Army
1207 Cornwell
Shreveport, LA 71101

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