LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The cold is impacting organizations that reach out to the most vulnerable.
The Community Action Council is asking for donations of gloves and trash bags as shelters all around town are overflowing with the homeless needing to escape the cold.
There are four 24-hour emergency shelters in Lexington.
The Hope Center on West Loudon, the Salvation Army on West Main, the Catholic Action Center on East Fifth and the Mash Center on West Third.
As long as he can remember, Charlie Lanter says the Community Action Council's never had to open up an emergency shelter at their Georgetown St. location.
But, the bitterly cold temperatures are putting a freeze on resources.
"When things got minus seven, minus 10, it really opened everyone's eyes in Lexington about what it would be like to be on the streets in these conditions,” said Lanter.
The shelter, located at 913 Georgetown St., opened up Friday and will stay open through Thursday morning.