Salvation Army help homeless in freezing temperatures - - Jackson, MS

Salvation Army help homeless in freezing temperatures

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By Maggie Wade - bio| email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Battling freezing temperatures with the bare necessities is nothing new for many of the homeless in Jackson. 

The Salvation Army sent out its mobile feeding unit to help those who call the streets home.

Captain Ken Chapman and volunteers handed out food, coats, blankets, hats, and gloves on Amite Street.

Many lined up in the rain and snow for the meal and clothing.

The team then moved to Farish Street where those who received the donations were thankful for the help, like Paul who only wanted us to use his first name.

"We are homeless and we need some things, we need coats you know, we suffer for our own decisions, that's mostly the reason why most of us are here," Paul said. "And I'm one, cause I've made a lot of bad decisions in my life and I'm paying for them now. So it's a blessing that people still have grace and mercy on people like the homeless."

"We're going to about 15 locations that we'll hit throughout the night," Captain Chapman said. "We know where people are sleeping literally under houses and in between buildings and we're gonna look out for their needs tonight."

Captain Chapman says the homeless are fighting for their lives, especially in these dangerous weather conditions.

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