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Open Door Mission prepares for increase in need during severe weather

Men's winter gloves are needed
Posted at 10:28 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 19:22:16-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Open Door Mission says it's preparing for an increase in guests with a blizzard warning in effect for the Omaha area.

"Simple interventions can save lives and public expense. That's why Open Door Mission is proactive to keep homeless neighbors in our community safe and warm," says Candace Gregory, President/CEO of Open Door Mission. " We have a warm place to stay for every man, woman and child experiencing homelessness. Our staff is busy preparing food to serve more meals to those who are hungry. We're handing out coats, hats, mittens and gloves to each guest who is leaving the campus to make sure they stay covered and warm against the cold."

People are encouraged to call 402-422-1111 and ask for the men's staff on duty if they see someone under-dressed or needing a well-being check.

The Open Door Mission will go out to offer assistance, pick the individual up and transport them to their campus.

"Please say a prayer for our friends living on our streets, abandoned buildings, in their cars, and under bridges, that those experiencing homelessness will seek refuge at Open Door Mission or safety elsewhere," says Gregory.

Additionally, the Open Door Mission is in need of men's winter gloves, especially in larger sizes. Brand new gloves can be dropped off at the Garland Thompson Men's Center, 2705 N 20th St E. while gently used gloves can be dropped off at the Open Door Mission's Outreach/Donation Centers Tuesday - Saturday starting January 19th when they re-open.

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