Bitter cold temperatures prompt donations for homeless

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Hope Center in Lexington is in need of clothing and food donations for the city’s homeless as bitter cold temperatures continue to drop.

Some of the coldest temperatures of the season moved into the Bluegrass along with Thursday's snow. But it's only the beginning.

WKYT's meteorologists are predicting below zero temps next week. With that forecast, more of Lexington's homeless will be seeking shelter at the Hope Center.

Officials there are expecting to feed, clothe and provide beds to more than 200 people. Because of that, the center is in need of as many winter clothing and food donations as possible.

"Right now with an increased population because of the cold, we're looking for food," says Brooke Raby, Development Manager at the Hope Center. "We need more food to feed more people, that's a big part of what we do. Another thing we're looking for is warm clothes. Coats, jackets, long johns, anything that can help keep warm."

In response to whether the center is prepared to handle more guests than usual, Raby adds, "We do have overflow facilities as well. So we try to manage that way too. As it gets colder, and its going to, that's going to come into play."

Food and clothing donations can be brought to the emergency shelter on West Loudon Avenue. Officials say all types of food donations are wanted. Coats, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks are also in great need.

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