Local Church Lends Warming Hand

With temperatures dropping dangerously low, many without a place to call home are scrambling to find a place to stay warm.

At Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith doors opened to homeless people all across the River Valley for a place to stay warm.

“If you’re sleeping out on that river bank it gets pretty cold,” said Deacon Greg Pair.

The blankets were in place with heaters turned up high Tuesday (Feb 6).

“Most of the guys tell me that they can handle 20 or 30 but when it starts getting below 20 degrees is when the frostbite and all that starts.”

Judy Mackey was a volunteer and is one of many that came out to make sure no one was left out in the cold.

“We will get most of them in here. They will feel better and warm,” said Mackey.

Pair said as bone-chilling temperatures drop the wind chill causes concern.

“Some of them go to convenience stores for a little bit. Some sit in hospital emergency rooms, as longs as they can just get warm.”

The doors opened at 6 p.m. and guest leave at 8 a.m.

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