Homeless shelter in Hattiesburg at full capacity

Homeless shelter in Hattiesburg at full capacity

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A homeless shelter in Hattiesburg was at full capacity Wednesday as the temperatures dropped.

"You have to bundle up, get under a blanket, build a fire and do whatever you can to stay warm," Charles Badger said.

"You have to wear two or three jackets and keep a blanket wrapped around you," Charles Persell said.

Local donations came in as people received shelter inside the Fieldhouse for the Homeless.

"I put out a post that I was collecting blankets and jackets and had friends just bring them to me," Marc McPhail said. "Stuff that I had I took and gathered it up this week. I knew the cold was coming and I was just trying to help."

"We are preparing for one of the first cold nights of the year," Cynthia Young said. "We are assisting people with blankets and any type of things that can accommodate them as far as being warm including tents to try and get them out of the weather."

The location was the only emergency shelter open Wednesday night in Forrest County, and already the beds were taken.

"Sometimes I sleep outside on the ground somewhere," David Star said. "I don't have any cover or anything like that. I just fold myself up."

McPhail was one of the many volunteers reaching out to those in need. From blankets to jackets, he believed anything could help.

"I've been blessed with plenty and I hate it when I drive by and see people without, so I wanted to do something to make a difference," McPhail said.

"If it wasn't for the Fieldhouse, we would probably be freezing to death," Jessica Badger said.

If you would like to help out, you can donate anything from blankets to warm winter clothing.

Right now, the Salvation Army's shelter is closed due to the damage from the January tornado; however, Forrest County, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, will open a county shelter Thursday night starting at 6 p.m.

It will be open through Saturday night, though a location has not been released yet.