The homeless need help during #LouSnow

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February 18, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

I’ve crept out of the warmth of my apartment for two reasons this week: to walk Roscoe and make a run to Kroger for more groceries.

Winter has reared its DESPICABLE head in Louisville. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s about to get worse as temperatures drop to -5 degrees tonight. Reporter Jacob Ryan did a story for WFPL News about being homeless in Louisville during this bout of winter weather. With the temperature dropping below 35 degrees, Wednesday night will be a White Flag night during which homeless shelters take in everyone who needs shelter. The shelters get overcrowded, and the food can run low. Here’s a blurb from Jacob’s article:

White Flag nights bring nearly 300 more people into shelters than other nights, said Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless. There are about 650 emergency shelter beds in the city… Local shelters have already used up all the funding provided by the city this year for White Flag nights, Harris said. Now, they are “operating solely on donations.”

It’s easy to complain about being cooped up in the house for a little too long, or having to dig yourself out to get to work. Yet a bunch of our neighbors are scrambling for the necessities in packed shelters. Between a third round of Scrabble and another Netflix marathon, why don’t we take a second to give a little back to our Louisville neighbors? You can donate to the Coalition for the Homeless here.

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2 thoughts on “The homeless need help during #LouSnow

  1. vonetta says:

    Hey Ashley nice awareness of this issue. As I was going to close my sunroom last night I realized it was so cold that it hurt. The first thing I thought about were the homeless and stray animals. Thanks for getting the word out.

  2. RoniLynn says:

    Good post. Same thing here in Birmingham. Warming stations have been open at one of the main auditorium’s downtown. I work for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama so I totally get it. We gave the organizers several #10 cans (industrial size) of veggies since a local restaurant volunteered to cook for those who stayed overnight. We truly have no idea how good we have it, even when we struggle to pay bills and have the necessities of life.

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