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Local homeless shelters prepare for overnight influx during frigid weather

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

"At best, I'd probably be in a small wooded area with an encampment."

That's where 61-year-old Shreveport resident Jim Bruce guesses he'd be without access to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission.

"It's a 24/7 effort. It's not shut down after 8 to 5."

Bruce helps set up cots for the dozens who'll be seeking emergency overnight shelter at the Rescue Mission during the latest blast of frigid temps.

"They can always use more donations. There's always something that's in need," Bruce says.

And that means depending on the community's generosity.

"Socks, t-shirts, underwear, things that you can layer with to keep warm," says SBRM Development Director D.J. Hajtmanek.

The scene is no different at the Salvation Army's Shreveport shelter on Stoner Ave. as they too prep for more residents, and make good use of donations.

"We have seen an increase of people coming in off the streets during the day as well," explains Lakesha Mosley, Development Director.

Emergency cots will soon fill their t.v. room and the Salvation Army has opened their doors for daytime shelter.

"It's too cold to put people out and ask them to leave so we definitely let them stay in," Mosley says.

"There are some people out there that have been wearing the same shirt and pants for a week or more, and they don't have anything else," Bruce reminds everyone.

Immediate needs at both shelters include bottled water, hats, gloves, sweatshirts and jackets.

Both say they also need toilet paper, paper towels, and personal hygiene products.

They can also use over the counter cough and cold medications, as well as infant medicine and diapers.

Donated goods can be brought to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission's 901 McNeil St. location in Shreveport.

You can also drop off items for the Salvation Army at 200 Stoner Ave.

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