Panama City-- With temperatures forecast at or below freezing many nights this week, the bitter cold can be dangerous. And without shelter it can be deadly.
Many homeless people will seek refuge at the Panama City rescue mission. Others won't.
On very cold nights, it's nice to sleep in a warm bed. But hundreds of local people don't have that luxury. The Panama City rescue mission's 155 beds are already full. And with more people trying to stay warm, many will most likely be sleeping on the floor. Monday night, 78 people slept on the floor of the rescue mission’s chapel and in the hallways.
Its cold nights like these that hundreds of homeless people in our area turn to the rescue mission for shelter and a hot meal.
About 200 people packed the dining room for dinner Tuesday night. Reverend Billy Fox says they are serving 675 meals a day, 275 more than this time last year.
As the winter season is just revving up, it's certainly not too late to check your closet and see if you have a spare blanket, sweat shirt or even some socks. You can donate items at the rescue mission in downtown Panama City or at the thrift store on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach.