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Homeless People Seeking Warm Places--Mikayla Lewis

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.--Many people can escape the cold weather, inside their warm homes. Those that are homeless are usually facing the frigidness head on, but tonight many people were provided an alternative to sleeping outside.

Dozens of volunteers helped prepare a warming shelter in Clarksville earlier today.

Stephen Ring helped unload boxes of donated clothing and blankets.

Ring said, "When I see someone that needs help, I jump in to help them."

Ring is not just a volunteer, though. He is staying at the shelter tonight to escape the harsh, winter conditions. 

"I'm thankful that I am not out on the street tonight, and anybody that needs a place come to this church. Its a good place to stay, come to this church," explained Ring.

First Baptist Church, on Madison Street, opened its gym to provide the warming station. This is the first year for Manna Cafe Ministries to run a shelter. The non-profit normally provides weekly meals to the hungry. The group decided to do more, with the winter blast rolling through.

Jaemi Serrano, Manna Cafe Ministries assistant director said, "With temperatures bad as they were going to be, and nothing happening... we knew that we had to make something happen."

The shelter is open through Wednesday, and also is providing warm clothing and hot meals for anyone in need.

The Salvation Army in Hopkinsville opened its doors 24/7 because of the extreme conditions as well.

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