A truckload of blankets will provide added warmth to needy residents of central Kentucky. Some four thousand blankets from the non-profit ‘Gleaning For America’ should arrive just in time for bitter winter weather.
Ginny Ramsey with the Catholic Action Center says law enforcement agencies will help distribute the blankets.
“The sheriff’s office, the police department, and the fire department along with social services are going to help distribute them to agencies who need them,” said Ramsey.
Dangerously low temperatures in central Kentucky are prompting both non-profits and government agencies to open emergency shelters. Facilities run by the Salvation Army, Lexington city government, and the Catholic Action Center offer 24 hour warmth. Over the weekend, Ramsey says volunteers canvassed homeless camps.
“There are always people living in their cars. There are people that are living in their own tents, etc. We’re hoping that they heed the call and come in,” added Ramsey.
Temperatures are forecast to dip below zero by Tuesday (Jan. 7) morning.