Homeless Prep for Tuesday's Cold Front at Tent City

With Tuesday's predicted weather fast approaching, many are worried how the homeless will survive another West Texas winter, but those at tent city claim they're well prepared.

With Tuesday's predicted cold front fast approaching, many are worried how the homeless will survive another West Texas winter, but those at tent city claim they're well prepared.

Les Burrus, Executive Director of Link Ministries, has been working with the homeless at tent city for the past six years.

"The weather going to get pretty cold tonight," said Burrus. "Everybody's going to be complaining it's cold."

Burrus said they'll be grumbling, but knows the tent city residents are prepared to handle Tuesday's freezing temperatures.

"They do have the resources," said Burrus. "We give them the sleeping bags, usually give them three or four more blankets on top of that, and we provide them with tobaggins and gloves.

A nearby barn also provides shelter during the day.

"It's a couple of degrees warmer, especially with the body heat," said Burrus. "And they're accustomed to colder weather because they haven't had a climitized place to live and that helps them adjust to it slowly."

Tent City has doubled their capacity since last year to help more of Lubobck's homeless escape the cold, but currently all 60 tents are occupied.

"We are turning anywhere from three to four people away usually a day and some of them are women and children," said Burrus. "That's the biggest need in Lubbock, right now."

That need is one that Burrus said must be addressed, but right now he's focused on keeping the people he can warm.

"We try to provide a storehouse for them they come over," said Burrus. "If they need socks if they need underwear we provide it for them."

Tent city's storehouse, however, is running low and they're in need of several items:

-Gloves

-Thermal underwear

-Handwarmers

If you have any of those items and would like to donate, bring them to their storehouse at 1701 Avenue A.

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