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Faith Mission sees spike in people seeking shelter from winter weather

Blistering cold weather forces people to seek shelter at Faith Mission.

A white Christmas in Wichita Falls sent many who have no where to go to Faith Mission.

People at Faith Mission are hunkering down for a very busy night helping those in need escape the life threatening cold weather.

Faith Mission Assistant Program Director Pete Corrales says with the frigid weather hitting Texoma, the shelter has seen an increase in people in need seeking a warm place to stay.

"Of course it's not home but we try to make it their home as much as possible," Corrales says.

Corrales says he has been busy since the doors opened at 4:30 a.m.

He says the shelter has 58 beds available in their men's dorm but expects all of them to be taken on Christmas night.

People who use Faith Mission's resources like Tony Barry say they feel lucky to have one a roof over their head and a warm bed reserved.

"When you ain't have many friends and you ain't got any family out there, this makes a good place to go to," Barry says. "I'm grateful to be here... they help me out so I don't mind helping them out in any way I can."

It is a help Corrales says he is thankful for because those in need will have a warm place to stay on a night tempuratures are expected to plunge into the teens.

"Even people that are misfortunate like some of these people will have a warm place to stay and that alone is the spirit of Christmas. What christmas is all about. It's about sharing the love from God," Corrales says.

If all 58 beds are taken on Christmas night, Faith Mission will set up an overflow area with mats and cots if needed.

For more information on how you can help or donate to Faith Mission, call 940.723.5663.

Donation can also be mailed or dropped off at 1300 Travis St.

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