Rescue Mission opens its doors as deadly heat rises

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The HiWay 80 Rescue Mission in Longview has seen an increase in homeless men, women and children looking for relief from the heat.

The mission's dorm is so full, people are sleeping on cots. More than 150 people spent the night, there, Wednesday because the mission is air conditioned and offers plenty of water.

Staffers tell us they're serving more than 500 meals each day at two locations.

"We want people to be safe , and not only want them to be cool, but to hydrate--make sure we're giving them water bottles, sun block, keeping an eye on folks because we want people to be safe.," said Eric Burger, executive director of the mission.

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