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Nov 26, 2013 6:32 PM by Janine Reyes

Cold Weather Crowding Local Homeless Shelters

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Staying warm has been a real struggle for the city's homeless since the weather turned cold. With tonight's cold weather and wind, local shelters are expecting more large crowds tonight.

The Good Samaritan typically sleeps about 150 people a night.

This week, with this weather, they're average is closer to 200 people a night.

When the weather drops below 60, they make exceptions and allow people in who have had trouble here in the past, even people without identification.

At the Good Samaritan, they bring mats into the lobby area and turn that room into another dorm room around 10:30.

Right now, they are handing out extra cold weather clothing. Things like gloves, beanies and jackets are constantly in demand, so if you have some at home to spare, they ask that you bring those in, too. The shelter does not get any grants and works entirely off private donations.

With more cold weather nights ahead, they say they'll likely keep seeing this extra demand on resources, so whatever you have to give could really help someone in need.

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