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Salvation Army staff help area homeless beat the cold temperatures

Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:57:27-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The cold temperatures have made their way here to the Coastal Bend, and for some homeless, finding shelter can be a challenge.

Salvation Army staff have stepped in to help people who have nowhere to go, finding them supplies so they can stay warm.

The Salvation Army loaded their mobile unit with blankets, jackets and other winter gear.

The mobile canteen traveled to various locations which include South Bluff Park, Corpus Christi City Hall, and the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission to help those in need.

Our Action 10 News team met with Christopher, who's normally on his feet for long hours in the day, with multiple bags on his back.

Christopher said it can be a challenge to find shelter, especially when shelters are full because it's cold outside.

“I mean you have those nights and days -- it’s tough," he said. "We're human, you know, like I said, thanks for good people like this. If we remain good ourselves then we're takin' care of each other.”

Christopher is like hundreds more who walk, lay their head, and call the streets of Corpus Christi home.

Workers with the Salvation Army were able to bring a little sigh of relief with their mobile canteen, and the the City of Corpus Christi has listed five locations where people can go to get out of the cold: Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Mission 911, Metro Ministries and Search For Truth Ministries.

Some of these spots have even added extra cots and space to take in more people who need help.

“There's probably 600-1000 individuals sleeping on the streets with nowhere to go we just try to make it a little bit more comfortable for them,” says Salvation Army case manager Kyle Knutson.

Members with the Salvation Army say if you would like to donate jackets, gloves, and blankets you can drop off those materials off here at their building located at 521 Josephine Street.