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Fort Worth shelter seeks help for the homeless during cold snap

With a cold front coming this weekend, Fort Worth’s homeless population is always in need of help.
With a cold front coming this weekend, Fort Worth’s homeless population is always in need of help. Star-Telegram archives

The Presbyterian Night Shelter is asking the community to help keep homeless people warm as a cold front moves into the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the Thanksgiving holiday season.

On Friday, the shelter kicked off its “Warm the House” campaign, which urges people to donate new blankets, coats, hats and gloves. The campaign continues through Wednesday.

“It’s starting to get cold. We are hoping to generate some support from the community,” said Toby Owen, CEO of the Presbyterian Night Shelter.

Everyone who needs a warm meal and safe place to sleep out of the cold will find one here — we never turn anyone away.

Toby Owen, CEO of Presbyterian Night Shelter

Owen said the campaign launches as a cold front is expected to move in Saturday and send temperatures to or below freezing.

“We are trying to get ahead of the typical holiday drive season,” Owen said, adding that they are “a bit low” on items needed to keep the homeless warm.

The Presbyterian Night Shelter offers shelter to 600 adults and 75 children every day and expect beds to be taken as the cold weather season gears up, Owen said. The nonprofit expects to serve more than 40,000 meals over the upcoming holiday season.

419,284 meals served in 2014 by the Presbyterian Night Shelter

“We will certainly be full every day for our adults,” he said. “We will make sure our beds are full.”

19formerly homeless individuals who now work at the shelter

Owen said Fort Worth shelters are working with the city to ensure there is adequate bed space available during cold weather.

Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1

How to help

As part of its “Warm the House” drive, the Presbyterian Night Shelter is asking for blankets, coats, hats, gloves and more. New and gently used items are accepted for men, women and children of all ages.

Drop-off locations:

▪ Presbyterian Night Shelter, 2400 Cypress St., Fort Worth. Donations accepted 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Wednesday.

▪ First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Monday through Wednesday.

▪ Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Monday through Wednesday.

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