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Huntington shelter provides clothes, hot, shelter as refuge from cold

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HUNTINGTON, West Virginia -

As the temperatures drop drastically from Sunday night into Monday morning, shelter officials across the tri-state area are urging those who are homeless, living on the street, or without heat in their homes to go somewhere warm. The bone-chilling weather can be deadly to those who are exposed without proper heating or clothing.

"Homeless individuals are at risk of hypothermia and freezing to death in weather conditions we're getting ready to see," said Theresa Cashion, the PR director at Huntington City Mission.

To help those less fortunate prepare for the polar temperatures, the Huntington City Mission is offering warm wardrobes and a hot meal to eat.

The shelter received hundreds of donations, approximately three truckloads, for the upcoming winter storm. Items ranged from coats to blankets, socks to mittens.

"Wow, this is the first time I've seen something like this," said Randall Walker, when he entered the door. Walker was homeless and living on the streets for three months until a friend told him about the Huntington City Mission.

Walker now lives at the shelter, helping out in the kitchen daily. Shelter volunteers gave him a blanket to help him stay extra warm. 

"Most people don't com here because of pride issues," he said. "If you don't and you need it, you're going to be hurting."

Jimmie Landers stopped by the shelter for a warm meal. Huntington City Mission provides three hot meals, five times a week. Sunday night's dinner included hamburgers, mashed potatoes, bread, vegetables and dessert.

"I come eat here every day to be with my friends," Landers said. "Being here brings back old memories."

Landers use to live at Huntington City Mission. He says he know has a home and tries to give back to those who are in a position he use to be in.

"I got [a glove] for a guy living on the street that I see everyday," he said. "And I got him a couple of [hats] for his head, you know."

The Huntington City Mission currently has its white flag raised, which indicates its doors are open to all regardless of it they've been kicked out of the shelter before.

raises the white flag to let people know their doors are open to people, many of whom are without a home.

They are allowed to spend the night, regardless of if they've been kicked out of the shelter before