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Homeless forced to shelters bracing for the cold


For many East Texans, extreme weather means finding somewhere warm to stay at night.

As temperatures drop homeless shelters across East Texas are bracing for their numbers to go up.

Monday, there was no shortage of blankets at The Salvation Army.

"Year to year, season to season, day to day, it seems, in East Texas, weather changes," Chantel Millin, who works for The Salvation Army of Tyler, said.

Changes to which Bobby Campbell has become accustomed.

"I'm used to Texas," he said, "born and raised here."

After losing site in his right eye Bobby lost his job as a truck driver. Now, he spends most nights outside in the ever changing Texas weather.

"Yeah, I've been out there when it gets pretty cold, but generally I try to find some warm place when it's going to be in the teens, anyway," he said.

Bobby was one of those forced out of tent city Monday, that's what drove him to The Salvation Army.

"I don't like having to ask anybody for anything, you know, but it's different," he said.

The Salvation Army was fully prepared with hot meals, cots, and blankets.

"I guess it's nice to have a place to come to on a night like this," he said.

Millin tells us a blanket drive and constant donations from the public are what have kept them afloat during these chilly winter days.

"We're grateful that Tyler does their part and gives to us so that we're able to continue to help," she continued, "we kind of just prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

And so is Bobby, hoping for the best.

Tuesday, he says he'll be out trying to find a new job.

"For now here we are," he said.

Other shelters also say they were prepared for Monday night's cold weather with blankets and meals, but rising electricity costs and running water with the influx of people will cost them.

Now that the holidays are over they worry people will forget to make donations.

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