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Jan 7, 2014 11:55 AM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Crews Search for Homeless Suffering in the Cold

CORPUS CHRISTI - Anticipated temperatures dipped below freezing all over parts of the coastal bend overnight. Volunteers with the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission took to the streets to pick up anyone in need of a warm place to sleep. They didn't want anyone trying to brave the cold.

Monday night temperatures were expected to reach 20 degrees in parts of south Texas. Volunteers, Cody Thompson and Carole Murphrey with the Good Samaritan weren't going to let anyone bare the cold.

"We've got blankets, and coats and hats," Murphrey shouted while walking the streets.

The pair drove around town for hours and then went on foot to search for people. They found some nestled in different nooks around the city, trying to stay warm.

"There's one more of us, the winds bad," one man said.

Thompson says it's sad to know that so many don't have a place to call home.

"It really bothers me when they're out on the streets like this because I know a person can die quickly," Thompson added.

Good Sam's program director, Rafael Ortiz says often times people suffer from hypothermia. So, crews go out and do these searches when temperatures drop.

"We're often going out and looking for people,"

Ortiz added that sometimes, people don't want to go to the shelter. However, that doesn't stop them from lending a helping hand.

"We take along blankets and jackets and so forth to give out to them on the streets, that way they can at least try to stay warm wherever they're at," Ortiz said.

Search teams found people tucked in tunnels and under trees. Volunteers told the homeless, temperatures were supposed to be 20 degrees. Yet, some still declined the invitation. Shelter officials say no matter what the weather, there's always room for one more.

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