|Published:||Jan 16, 2014 2:49 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Local non-profits are scrambling to help people in need during this second cold snap in barely two weeks. Those groups are relying on this generous community to help them with the extra expenses of coping with cold.
"It is a burden, not just for our agency, but for the community in general," said Russell Rieder of the Salvation Army.
That group is feeding more people this month, and it's opening a food pantry to serve as an emergency shelter Thursday night.
"We have to do it, it breaks my heart to think of a child, cold, out on the street," said Rieder.
CCMI, Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated, is taking a different approach.
It will send volunteers to 10 locations where people in need can get blankets and sweatshirts, as well as hot coffee on Thursday night.
"We realize, some people just will not come to a shelter for either personal or transportation reasons. So we figure, we need to go to them, get the resources to them," said Roger Mercado of CCMI.