Local Organizations Helping to Provide Warmth for People in the Cold

AMARILLO - As many continue to deal with this recent winter blast, some in our community just don't have the ability to do so.
But several organizations want to help in the warm up.
It's the first snow of the new year and there's one thing many can agree on.
"But it's gotten so cold," said Kit Rudd, Yellow City Community Outreach.
"It's freezing, it is so cold," said Stevie Couch, AMS Paramedic.
But during this winter event, not everyone is fortunate enough to have the bare necessities to keep warm. That's why Yellow City Community Outreach and Amarillo Medical Services teamed up to help clothed those in need.
"The need is so great. The homeless are so cold right now. Especially the unsheltered homeless and one or two blankets doesn't make a difference. It takes seven or eight blankets to keep them warm through the night, we're trying to keep them sheltered in the evening and during the real cold nights but we can't get everybody," said Rudd.
And that's where you come in. 
The goal of YCCO and AMS is to fill this box. But that's only possible with the help of donations from the community. It's a two-day coat drive that continues tomorrow.  The first day of the event we're told less than ten people came out but the coats and jackets came in the bagfuls.
"This is a very dangerous time especially if you don't have safe shelter or a warm place to stay. So anything that you can possibly be given to us to help these people out is what we need," said Couch.
The winter weather has also affected a local non-profit.
"The last couple of days we have been overcapacity, which happens usually when the cold weather times. People that might stay out when it's not too bad decide to come on in," said Major Harvey Johnson, Salvation Army.
Officials from the Salvation Army tell us last night they ran out of coats because so many were in need. 
But that's why they provide clothing vouchers. 
If you need a coat or any other article of clothing, you can get it for free with the voucher at the non-profit's thrift store. 
The Fill the Ambulance Coat Drive benefiting Yellow City Community Outreach picks back up again tomorrow. 
Volunteers will be collecting new or gently used coats from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

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