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Prolonged cold stretches resources for Lexington shelters

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Emergency shelters around Lexington are staying open through the cold weather, to help those seeking to escape the cold. But everyday their doors are open, is another day their resources are being stretched thin.

Many shelters across the city are already operating at full capacity and it's not just the homeless who are seeking shelter. Growing electric bills have others showing up at shelter doors, in need of warm clothes and a roof over their head.

"As in the cold comes in waves, we'll see more and more folks come in. and they make the wise decision to come in and get out of the cold," says Townsend Miller with the Salvation Army. "Some people maybe think that they can brave it for a night or two out on the street or maybe under a bridge but then they realize that's not the best thing for them."

But the increasing demand for shelter, has many organizations in need of more donations. The Salvation Army and Community Action Council tells WKYT they have a need for twin-size sheets, towels, food and warm clothes like hats, gloves and scarves.


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