Texoma temperatures are just now dipping into freezing digits, which means shelters around town are slowly filling to capacity.
“We have the capacity to sleep about 110 people here,” Steve Sparks with Faith Mission said. “Last night for instance, we had about 80 people in the building. It’s getting progressively more as the weather gets colder.”
Housing the homeless isn’t the only function Faith Mission serves; Sparks said they also want to make sure people stay warm even after they walk out the front doors.
“We still need need more children’s clothing, coats, gloves, hats and socks and that kind of thing,” he said. “Undergarments, all kinds of things like that that people would normally take for granted.”
Sparks and his staff aren’t the only ones providing winter necessities to those in need.
Jenny Lee Hines is hosting the second year of “Scarves in the Park,” a yearly event where a group of people tie donated coats and scarves on trees in Harold Jones Park.
They also left bags of toiletries, and even purses for the taking.
“Last year was so great, everything was gone within 24 hours, so I just felt like it really needed to happen again since it went over so well last year,” Hines said.
Hines said last year, they tied upwards of 300 coats and scarves to trees in the park, and this holiday season, with two drop off locations, they hope to have even more.
“I think it’s something that needs to happen all year round,” she said. “But people truly realize the importance at this time of the year because they see how many blessings that they have. So it’s great to give back a little bit when you see someone on the side of the road that’s less fortunate.”
Scarves in the Park is happening on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Harold Jones Park.
If you’d like to donate coats, scarves, or toiletry bags, you can drop those off at Jameson’s Flowers in Wichita Falls, or at A Cottage Florist & Gifts in Bowie.
If you’d like to donate to Faith Mission, call them at (940) 723-5663.
They will also be giving away hundreds of coats to anyone who needs them on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.