HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Thursday night's temperatures nearly matched those of Wednesday's, which called for cold weather shelters to open their doors to those in need of a warm place to stay.
Even though cold weather shelters saw big crowds, some in the homeless community didn't take advantage of the indoors. Thanks to the help from a local organization, those who chose to tough out the cold weather were able to get extra help to stay warm.
"I think you have to look at it this way, you know. The weathermen are always saying protect your pipes and your pets, and you have to protect our people too," Lynda Favre said.
Favre is the founder of Shepherd of the Gulf, and she says it's important to her to make sure the campers that choose not to go to cold weather shelters are safe and warm.
"I try to go by and check on them and make sure they have some type of heat," Favre said. "Whether it be candles or heaters or whatever type of heat they can have to keep them in their tents and from experiencing hypothermia."
Camper Ken "Turbo" Warner says preparing for cold weather like this takes preparation, and the materials his camp receives from Favre helps to keep them warm and alive.
"We always have a fire going," Warner said. "We do have a Coleman stove, the thing they just gave us, and that sits right there in the middle. It's not going to be in the middle, but it warms the tent up enough to where we can get in and out. I'll push that to the side where it doesn't burn the sides of the tent and everything."
While the men spend the day preparing for the cold nights, the women do their best to stay warm throughout the day.
"We mainly sit in here, especially like today. We sat in here with this zipped up, and we play cards and stuff and try to entertain ourselves while it's going on," Carrie Luttrell said.
"It's one of the hardest. Everything out here is a job, you know," Warner said. "You got to get firewood. You got to get water. I mean everything you have to go get. Nothing is provided out here for you. Everything is work."