Local shelters saving people from high temperatures

Stacey Spivey
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 5:27pm

Even though some places in East Texas like Tyler and Longview haven't hit temperatures in the hundreds yet, the heat and humidity are sometimes unbearable. This is especially true for homeless people. "Its so hot outside, you know, people just need to stay hydrated, they feed three times a day here," said Kevin James. James and his mother are staying at the Salvation Army in Tyler as a refuge from the heat.

"It means a lot to me because if Salvation Army wasn't here then we'd be out in the heat, probably living in tents, don't get me wrong I've lived in tents before, but salvation army is a blessing to help a lot of people," said James. He told KETK many other residents there have similar situations. "There's a lot of families out there that are in need and we're just trying to let it be known that there is help for the needy," said James.

"Typically whenever we're expecting high temperatures, one of the first things we do is kind of prepare our shelter because we can expect that we're going to have extra people that are going to want to come in out of the heat," said Chantel Millin with Salvation Army of Tyler. She said anytime the weather becomes extreme, they are fully prepared for more people. They have brought in extra cots and linens, cooked extra food, and provided more water. Millin said, "we usually have hydration stations outside of our campus, that even in the middle of the day, people can come by and just get cups of water, keep themselves hydrated while they're in this heat."

It has become a haven for people like James, and anyone that needs to get out of the heat. "We are here, we're open, and that they can definitely come and find a place of safety," said Millin. She also told KETK they are always need in donations. Especially, water, linens, towels, and toiletries this time of year.

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