Homeless shelters accepting donations in preparation of winter storm


GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Cold temperatures and bad weather mean people will start seeking shelter to keep warm.

Shelters in Grayson County say they expect to reach capacity.

Both the Salvation Army in Sherman, and the Grayson County Shelter in Denison, are bracing for an influx of people.

"This is one of our empty family rooms. We expect it to be filled by this evening," Ashley Earls said.

Grayson County Shelter director, Ashley Earls, says they had several people check in Wednesday and several more ask about vacancies, and it's the same story at the Salvation Army.

"We open up our facility as a warming station, and we do fill up quite a bit," Major Helene Wildish said.

Major Helene Wildish says this shelter is already at capacity, and while neither the Salvation Army, nor the Grayson County Shelter will turn anyone away, more people means a greater need.

"We could use more blankets and pillows to help make people more comfortable," Wildish said.

"We can always use non perishable foods, or food of any kind. Paper goods, cleaning products, those are the things that we need," Earls said.

Earls says there are several homeless people who don't want to stay in the shelter, but will still contact them for necessities. She says those people need sleeping bags, gloves and scarves.

Those small necessities can make all the difference.

"We're a family shelter. We like to become a family. We get to know people," Wildish said.

If you'd like to donate to these shelters, you can drop off items at the Grayson County Shelter at 331 West Morton Street in Denison, or the Salvation Army at 5700 Texoma Parkway in Sherman.


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