Three code blues have been put into effect this Winter in Atlantic City, driving more and more homeless from the streets into the city's rescue mission. Officials from the Atlantic City Rescue Mission say they're in need of donations to continue to help those in need when it's freezing cold outside.
"We don't want them out in the cold because they can die out there," says Bill Warner of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.
With several arctic blasts this season, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission has seen a significant increase of people coming through their doors looking to get out of the cold.
"If you're homeless and you're needy, we're here to take you in and to help you," says Warner.
But the mission is in dire need of donations to keep feeding and providing shelter for those in need.
"Cereals, pastas, can foods, meats. You name it, we need it. We need clothing of every kind. My goodness, pants, shirts, jackets, heavy coats, underwear and socks," says Warner.
Last night the mission housed 321 people and in the last few weeks they have been serving nearly 1,000 meals a day.
"And it looks like a lot of cereal, but within a few days, this cereal will be gone because of so many people coming in," says Warner.
Whether it's old clothes, or some canned goods, the mission says every donation counts.
"Everything that you have in your refrigerator, in your closets, your pantries is what we really need. Believe me. The people are unbelievably grateful that they get help from the community," says Warner.
Help that allows these people to stay warm and fed.
If you would like to make a donation, you can go to the mission at 2000 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City or visit their website at www.acrescuemission.org
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