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As local homeless shelters fill up due to rain, supplies needed

More rain leads to a higher demand for shelters in the Macon-Bibb area. But that demand is something shelters are struggling to meet/Barmel Lyons (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- More rain leads to a higher demand for shelters in the Macon-Bibb area. But that demand is something shelters are struggling to meet.

The rainfall we've been experiencing over the last week is causing more people to come to shelters like Loaves and Fishes Ministry in downtown Macon.

“I don’t want to live outdoors in the rain," Macon local Frankie Akggenbotham. "And I don’t want to see anybody else live outdoors in the rain.”

The Salvation Army men’s shelter Director Charles Pope says almost every night, they reach their 40-bed capacity. When that happens, they open an overflow room that adds space for more.

“We have a sheet, a pillow and we will set up over 24 cots in the overflow area,” Pope said.

Pope says the increase in people seeking shelter is draining their resources like bathroom supplies, food and clothes.

“We need soap, we need Clorox, we need washing powder,” he said.

Akggenbotham not only found assistance at Salvation Army, but also at Loaves and Fishes Ministry.

Director of Loaves and Fishes Ministry Judy Sexton says a little bit goes a long way.

“We always need more supplies -- things like the inexpensive ponchos, little soaps and shampoos, lotion that we put in the towel when someone takes a shower,” she said.

Sexton says homelessness may not be your situation, but it should be your concern.

“We all just need to reach out to others," she said. "We are alike. We all need to reach out to the community.”

You can help by donating items like: men's clothes, socks and shoes, bathroom products, detergent and cleaning supplies, rain ponchos and food.

Contact Loaves & Fishes Ministry at 478-741-1007 and the Salvation Army of Central Georgia at 478-746-8572.


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