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Cold Weather Means More Support To Help The Needy

When the temperature goes down, many East Texans simply do not have the resources to stay warm.   They turn to East Texas nonprofits like the Salvation Army and P.A.T.H. to help them out. Without the communities help, however, they may go without things they desperately need this winter.  

East Texans know in a few short hours, the cold front that dumped all snow all over the country is headed our way, and many of them are not ready for it.  

"An elderly gentleman came in this morning who needed help with propane and unfortunately, we don't have funds right now to help with anything but TXU assistance," said Christina Fulsom, Executive Director of PATH. "He's run out of gas, completely, so he will have no heat. " The people at P.A.T.H. gave the man a blanket to help, but they only have a few left. They say the rest will go quickly when the doors open in the morning.  

"Most people are not turning on their heat because they can't afford the bill," said Fulsom. "Many of them don't have blankets. As a result, children will become ill and so will people who are elderly and frail." At the Salvation Army, the shelves in the supply closet are bare. Not one blanket in sight.  

"When the weather is as nice as it's been , when we have very moderate temperatures, people don't think of blankets, coats, warm clothing as a necessity," said Linda Edwards of the Salvation Army.   "During this cold weather it is extremely important that we have blankets, warm clothing for folks, because that is a necessity." In this season of giving both, PATH and the Salvation Army hope East Texans will help them help those in need.

Donations can be dropped off at P.A.T.H. at 402 West Front Street in Tyler from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can drop off donations at the Salvation Army shelter on North Broadway 24 hours a day. We also spoke with the HOPE Center in Jacksonville. They need blankets, adult coats and commercial sized canned goods. Donations can be dropped off at HOPE located at 595 Ragland Street from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.


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