Shelters still over capacity, running out of staples

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - People are still in need of a warm place to sleep, and shelters in Lexington will continue to operate around the clock to accommodate them. Community leaders say with so many coming in from the cold, shelter supplies and staples are running out.

"The new needs are long johns, gloves, and also because there are a large number of men here at the shelter, we need personal care items such as towels, wash cloths, soaps, razors, and deodorants," said Carrie Thayer with Hope Center.

Leaders at the Community Inn, who work hand in hand with servers at the Catholic Action Center, welcome any donations of food. The Community Inn serves sandwiches to those sleeping over.

Shelters in town will continue to operate around the clock, so long as temperatures continue to stay below freezing.

"Since this fairly cold weather hit over the weekend we've been having about eight to 11 people in our overflow space which happens to be our lobby or sleeper chairs and then mattresses," explained Major Debra Ashcraft with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has found ways to house families even when their beds are full. The Hope Center, and Community Inn, have had to do the same.

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