This week the coast has experienced record shattering cold temperatures. Many soup kitchens and charities have stepped up and provided additional hot meals and lodging for those who are homeless.
We thank organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Rescue Mission that have helped hundreds of homeless people in South Mississippi stay warm and safe. Also our civil defense officials were out making sure adequate shelters were provided. But we must not let our guard down.
Weather reports say this weekend will be even colder. No one should be trying to sleep outside in temperatures in the teens. It could be life threatening. In our community we need more permanent shelters for the homeless. Gulfport, the largest city on the coast, does not have one.
We know the Salvation Army has plans to build back its facility which Hurricane Katrina destroyed. We urge that organization to do so as soon as possible. We applaud all the organizations that stepped up this week and provided the needed help. You have helped to save lives.
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WLOX-TV General Manager