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Kearney Center in need of supplies after influx of people due to cold weather

Posted at 6:19 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 05:53:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This week's cold snap is pushing the Kearney Center to ask for help.

The shelter had to house more than the usual number of people this week because of the weather.

On an average night, the Kearney Center shelters 365 people, but the frigid temperatures from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning drove 413 people to the shelter's doors.

Now the center is asking for supply donations to help make all the people comfortable.

Audra Peoples, Director of Communications for the Kearney Center, says it's common for more people to need shelter during the winter months, but the Kearney Center is also going to need help this year.

"During the winter months we try to stock pile the items that we need most which are those hygiene items, the towels, the sheets, the blankets, and the jackets that really help protect people and keep them safe and warm here," said Peoples.

They also need to keep extra cots and mattresses on standby for nights the center experiences a high volume of people, like this week.

Peoples says the center is always operating over capacity, but still it does not turn anyone away.

If you can donate, bring the items to the shelter on Municipal Way.

Again, we want to specify the items most needed are toothpaste and other hygiene items along with sheets and towels.