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“We provided coats,” said Julia Emahiser, teacher at Linden Waldorf School. “We really wanted to get here as soon as possible with this cold weather because we want to get them the coats that we've gotten them.”
After the party many of the kids left. But for a few, Safe Haven is their new home this holiday season.
“It's hard to be homeless no matter what time of the year it is but especially around the holidays,” said Stefanie Tinnell, community relations manager at Safe Haven.
The shelter has seen an increase in calls for help this winter partly because of plummeting temperatures.
“In the winter months it gets colder and so it's harder to sleep in your car,” Tinnell said.
When it comes to homeless shelters, safe haven is unique. It provides housing for entire families. Other shelters force them to split up.
“Mom will have to go somewhere and stay for a little bit,” Tinnell said. “Dad will have to go split and go to another facility, and the children will either go with mom or they may go into somebody else's custody.”
“Breaking up a family is almost unbearable, I would imagine,” Emahiser said.
The Safe Haven Family Shelter houses up to 21 families at a given time. But the rise in demand means that a lot more families than ever, aren't so lucky.
"It's really cold right now and just to imagine where those little kids and moms and dads are, they may be sleeping in their cars," Tinnell said.
Tinnell said the shelter has received almost 150 calls this month from families in need of shelter.
She regrets safe haven is not able to help all of them. But today the children at Safe Haven have a place to stay and have fun.
“I love Christmas around here because even though there's so much turmoil and sadness this time of year, especially if you're homeless, this place is filled with love and joy,” Tinnell said.
Tuesday, December 14 2010, 10:37 PM CST
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
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IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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