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Charities hurting after severe weather

Updated: Saturday, February 22 2014, 09:41 PM CST
Reported by Ewa Roman:

Mother nature took a toll on non-profits like the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, which is funded only by donations.

 “These are extraordinary conditions and we can’t assume we’ll make ends meet.  The level of need in the community is frightening.”
said Chuck Wingate, Bethesda Mission Executive Director.

Chuck Wingate shows us the mattresses stacked up in a corner.
At night they will be placed in the chapel, where between 40 and 50 more men sleep.
The Mission 's 70 beds are full.

 “When the weather is bad in the morning, we keep them with us. We’re not going to push people out in the bad weather. Well, that means now instead of serving 2-thousand meals a week, we serve 3-thousand a week,” said Wingate.

We walked downstairs to the soup kitchen and discovered that a lot more people were coming in looking for a warm meal.
As the Bethesda Mission staff and volunteers worked to keep up with the rise in need, freezing temperatures added to their stress and caused the pipes to break in the computer room.
The mission has paid 18-thousand dollars for repairs.
Chuck is waiting to get the money back from insurance.

The Bethesda Mission isn't alone. The winter weather cancelled 15-hundred blood drives for the American Red Cross.
Blood has a short shelf life and the stock they had was already low.
Now that the weather is nicer, the Red Cross asks you to get out there and help them save lives.

For information about upcoming blood drives and to find out how you can help the Bethesda Mission visit these websites: http://www.redcross.org/blood and http://www.bethesdamission.org/contact-us/
Charities hurting after severe weather


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