WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — With temperatures just below freezing, officials of the Wichita Falls Faith Mission are opening their doors to anyone looking to stay warm while they’re on the streets. the doors will remain open for those who need a warm place to go and he says the doors will remain open until this wintry weather starts to warm up.
Chances are you’re watching this story in your home with the heat on, but not everyone has that privilege, like those who live on the streets, and that’s where Wichita Falls Faith Mission comes in.
“The first thing we notice around here is that a lot more people come in during the day, so we have our day room open, our warm-up room, and we also have the chapel open with video playing, video for those people who don’t they have nothing else to do but sit there,” Sparks said.
Sparks said some of these customers have no other choice, and a couple of years ago we had a bleak look at what happens when temperatures dip below freezing with nowhere to go.
“We’ve seen examples of guys and women trying to resist out there, and it’s not advisable. During the bad snowstorm we had a couple years ago, the police were bringing in people who had fallen into snowdrifts and were freezing,” Sparks said.
She says if you see someone who is homeless then say something, especially when the temperatures are so low.
“If you see anyone out there, and you feel comfortable and safe doing so, advise them to come to Faith Mission or the Salvation Army, and get out of this weather,” Sparks said.
But Sparks said that’s not the only way you can help Faith Mission continue to help the community.
“Keep donating, donations in kind, financial, pray for us. Volunteers are very important to us. We use volunteers primarily for evening meals,” Sparks said.
Sparks said when it comes to donations, right now more than ever, they could use coats, blankets and socks to keep Texoma warm.
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