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Local organizations pitching in to help homeless

Wind chill warning keeps Kansas City in grips of frigid temperatures
Helping the Homeless
Posted at 6:49 AM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 08:50:12-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the Kansas City metro in the middle of the coldest stretch of winter, local organizations are stepping up to help the homeless affected by frigid temperatures.

"We go out, we have people out all night, driving around taking propane tanks to keep their buddy heaters going to keep them warm, checking to make sure that they have blankets, tents, sleeping bags, and warmers, anything we can to keep them warm, non-perishable foods," says Becky Reddin of Free Hot Soup KC, a local Facebook group that's organizing donation efforts for the homeless.

Warming centers, such as Bartle Hall at the KC Convention Center, and other efforts to help the homeless have come to the forefront of local government and organizations. They're working to make sure those without housing are kept warm and safe as a wind chill warning remains in place in the metro until the end of Monday.

"I ask people if you're out and about and you're able if you can keep hand warmers blankets gloves hats in your car, non perishable food and you see somebody in need to stop and ask them what they need and they're very sweet. They're very caring and they will tell you what they need and if they need, you know, if they need it, they'll take it," Reddin says.