Cold Weather Brings More to Homeless Shelter

"Mostly I camp out, but when it gets real cold I come in," says Billy Lee, a regular at Faith Mission.

Billy isn't alone.  Faith Mission says that in these past few nights, as the temperatures have been growing colder, more and more homeless are seeking shelter.

"We haven't hit that extreme yet, but we have seen our numbers increase," says Becky Browning of Faith Mission.

The mission offers 108 beds for men, women, and children and just last night they say 109 showed up to sleep inside.  But no matter how crowded it gets, the mission never turns anyone away.  They say it's not just the homeless who come to the mission for help, Browning says our struggling economy has brought in homeowners looking for a hand.

"A lot of people, interestingly enough, are coming in from the community for blankets, heaters, coats and things like that," she says.

Making the need for donations of warm clothing, hats, scarves, jackets, blankets even greater.

Homeless man, Cody Chumley says he is thankful for the community's donations and Faith Mission, "I know that I'm not alone in this situation.  I know that there's a place for me to come to, a place where I can get clothes when I need it.  A place where I can shower, a place where I can eat, lay my head down at night and know that I'm out of the cold."

Donations can be taken to 1300 Travis Street in Wichita Falls.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.