VIDEO: Code Blue Begins Preparing Cumberland County Homeless for Winter WeatherPosted:
BRIDGETON - Though the temperatures are still unseasonably warm, winter is coming, eventually, and it's not too early to start preparing.
Officials with Bridgeton's Code Blue program are not waiting for the temperatures to drop before they start spreading some holiday warmth this season.
Volunteers passed out winter-weather gear and care kits Tuesday morning, December 22, to the homeless of Cumberland County.
"We realize this winter hasn't been too cold, so an official Code Blue hasn't been called," said Vince Guest, pastor at Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton. "But we also recognize that when it's 40 degrees, if you're outside sleeping on a park bench, it still is cold."
Guest says that many people in local parishes and churches have donated blankets, coats, hats, and gloves for the community-wide effort.
More than 40 people in need gathered at the Parish of the Holy Cross food pantry Tuesday to receive the food and supplies. Once the outdoor temperatures drop, Code Blue provides warming stations throughout the community to provide shelter for the homeless during the winter months.
Further donations or time volunteered would also be appreciated, says Guest.
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