Dangerous cold keeping demand for Kansas City area shelters high - KCTV5

Dangerous cold keeping demand for Kansas City area shelters high

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Dangerously cold temperatures have prompted shelters to allow more than their capacity to make sure the metro’s most vulnerable don’t die in the cold. (KCTV5) Dangerously cold temperatures have prompted shelters to allow more than their capacity to make sure the metro’s most vulnerable don’t die in the cold. (KCTV5)
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Dangerously cold temperatures have prompted shelters to allow more than their capacity to make sure the metro’s most vulnerable don’t die in the cold.

“Waking up, not being able to feel a bone in your body or anything else. Nothing can compare to that,” said Shawn Ellis who has been homeless for eight year.

“I probably would have froze to death if I didn’t have a place like this,” said Jason Deane who has been staying at the Bridge of Hope Community Church’s cold weather shelter for five days.

Amber Holmes, shelter director at the Bridge of Hope Community Church, says they’ve served just over 50 percent more people than last year. There’s also been more days with temperatures under 20 degrees.

“And it’s only the middle of January,” Holmes said.

Now, resources are dwindling as the shelter works to keep up with the need.

“The food, the meals, money with our GoFundMe account. We also need items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more,” Holmes said.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, nearly 700 people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness die from hypothermia each year.

“I hope that not only I can find a place myself. But everybody else out there can find a place and get the help that they need,” Ellis said.

In addition to donations, one of their biggest needs is volunteers. 

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