AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Code Blue Warming Station will be open for its 20th day in a row in downtown Amarillo, according to officials with Amarillo Housing First.
According to a news release from Amarillo Housing First, the station will be open at 7 p.m. Monday at the Amarillo Housing First location at 207 N Tyler. The facility will be closed at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Officials with Amarillo Housing First said that on Sunday 107 people and 15 dogs were counted in the shelter. The station will once again be open Monday because of single-digit temperatures and negative windchill temperatures being expected in downtown Amarillo.
Officials stressed that when the station is open, Amarillo community members are able to text 806-414-2243 if they see anyone out in the weather overnight. Officials request that they write the location and a description of the individual in the text so a member of the organization’s volunteer mobile teams can check on them and offer them a ride to a local emergency shelter or to the station.
Officials with Amarillo Housing First said that they are in need of various items to continue the Code Blue Warming Station. In-kind donations can be delivered to the station’s downtown location. Some of the items in need include:
- Giveaway blankets/sleeping bags
- Winter gloves
- Heavy coats, all sizes, but especially L – XXXL
- Sweat pants, all sizes
- Long underwear for men and women, all sizes
- Underwear: Men’s boxers, all sizes, Women’s smaller sizes
- Oatmeal packets or cups
- Flavor mixer packets for water
- EmergenC mixer packets for water
- Individually packaged snacks (sweet and savory)
- Cup of Ramen Soups
- Pop-top canned soups/pastas
- Other microwaveable, shelf-stable, nutritious foods
- Individual sugar packets
- Individual creamers for coffee
- Disposable bowls/plates
- Styrofoam cups – 20 oz – 32 oz
- Bottled water
- Kleenex packets
- Shaving razors
- Toothpaste TRAVEL SIZED
- Shampoo TRAVEL SIZED
- Conditioner TRAVEL SIZED
- Lotion TRAVEL SIZED
- Trash Bags – 33 gallon
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
For monetary donations, individuals are asked to visit the Amarillo Housing First PayPal page or Venmo @AHF-AmarilloHousingFirst. Checks can be made out and mailed to Amarillo Housing First, 207 N Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79107 with CBWS in the memo line to designate the funds.