Panama City- The Panama City Rescue Mission needs the community's help dealing with a large number of homeless people who are turning to the shelter because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Volunteers said they expect twice as many homeless people to seek shelter there over the next couple days, and along with the increased traffic comes a need for supplies like food, blankets, and toiletries.
The Rescue Mission's capacity is around 50 people, but Executive Director Reverend Billy Fox said as many as 100 homeless could show up throughout the week. With an already tight budget, he said providing for everyone will be a tough task without the community's support.
"Our resources are so stretched already. We're serving 600 plus meals a day anyway. Last year would have been about 450, so now we're going to be up another 100 plus meals a day and that's just really a big strectch on us," said Fox.
The Bay County Emergency Operations Center assisted in transporting some homeless people to Deane Bozeman's emergency shelter around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
To help the Rescue Mission you can visit their website pcrmission.org or call (850) 769-0783.