Va. humanitarian group sends 4,000 blankets to Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) In the past two days volunteers at GodsNet on Seventh Street in Lexington have handed out 3,000 blankets and 2,500 coats.

Right in time for Monday’s dangerously cold temperatures, 4,000 more blankets headed to the Bluegrass.

The blankets have traveled the more than 400 miles from Virginia to Lexington. They are expected to arrive about 1:30 in the afternoon.

The blankets are from a non-profit, humanitarian organization called Gleaning for the World. They are based out of Concord, Virginia.

The winter supplies will be going straight into hands that need them, such as handicapped and elderly people who can't leave their homes.

It's been a busy few days for Lexington city officials and organizations as they have been visiting trailer parks, homeless people and going door to door to see how people are weathering the cold.

Those needing a warm place to stay or something to wear say they wouldn't get what they need if it wasn't for donations.

"I just came and got my grandson a hat and a coat. I got three grandsons at home. I just come down here to get a few things to keep them warm and out of the cold," said Lucy Childers.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says they've had a steady stream of people calling them, asking for help to stay warm.

Sheriff Kathy Witt says because it's bitterly cold, they're taking a proactive approach.

"We started to build a list of individuals who are elderly, who are disabled, more at risk if you will. We check on those individuals from time to time. So today we're going to give them a call and see if they need anything," Witt said.

Normally the volunteers at GodsNet would hand out the blankets themselves. Since it's extremely cold, the Sheriff, Police and Fire departments will distribute them.

In Lexington, the Hope Center, Salvation Army and Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center are open 24 hours a day.

Warming centers are also open in these locations:

Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.

Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17 yrs.), 536 West Third St.

Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St. will be open 24 hours

Arbor Youth Services, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. drop-in center for youth 18-25. 540 W. Third

Dunbar Recreation Center, 545 N. Upper St., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

New Life Day Center, 224 North Martin Luther King Blvd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Harvest Worship Center Church, Oxford Circle in Lexington, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lextran is offering free bus rides for individuals going to an emergency shelter or warming center on Monday and Tuesday.

Call Lextran at (859)253-4636 to get the location of the nearest bus stop.

People in need of shelter or other human service assistance may call 2-1-1, or 911 for emergencies.

In Menifee County, the elderly or disabled unable to get out of the cold can call dispatch at 768-9046.

Montgomery County Emergency Management is opening a warming center at the Montgomery County Civic Center at 108 East Locust Street.

It's opening at 8 a.m. Monday morning. For those needing assistance Sunday night, call dispatch at 859-498-8720.

In Danville, folks can go to Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 1441 Perryville Road for shelter.

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