HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With bitter cold weather moving into the Pinebelt, Creative Services and the Fieldhouse for the Homeless teamed up on Wednesday to get coats and blankets to the homeless. This is the first time both these groups have worked in conjunction to help those individuals that can't help themselves.
The blankets and coats were donated to Christian Services by the public and Bill Prout, Executive Director of Christian Services, said the idea occurred to him while visiting with a few of the homeless today in preparation for the winter weather moving in.
"We just left a man that said, I'm going to be out in the weather tonight, and I thought, this is a terrible night to be out there, so we just said we'd call the Fieldhouse and said 'hey guys we'd like to bring a whole lot of blankets and a bunch of jackets and come out there and do what we can to be sure that people are taken care of physically until this cold weather passes'." said Prout.
Jackets and blankets weren't the only thing being donated today, insulated jump suits were also being handed out. Prout went on to say that most people are eager to donate and give to the less fortunate but lack the means in which to get it to them and organizations like Christian Services and the Fieldhouse for the Homeless provide a way of doing that. He also stressed that these items would need to be replenished and would welcome donations to replace them.
Those receiving help today were also treated to a nice warm meal. The Salvation Army also opens its shelter to those that need it during periods when the temperature dips below freezing.