Homeless shelters above capacity this Christmas

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Salvation Army in Lake Charles is preparing to house above capacity this Christmas as colder temperatures roll in to the lake area.

The organization spent Christmas Eve rolling out extra cots and preparing a dinner for the shelter residents for Christmas Day.

The Salvation Army normally can house up to 39 residents. However, the organization is making a few exceptions this holiday weekend as they plan to not turn anyone away.

"We have an extreme weather policy so once it gets down below 40 degrees then we open up the doors for anybody who needs shelter," said Major David Craddock with the Salvation Army.

The organization is cooking enough turkey and ham to feed up to 200 people for their dinner on Christmas Day. The Salvation Army is cooking 4 hams and 3 turkeys as a result of donations from the community.

Shelter resident Richard Greus said he is blessed to have a place to call home this Christmas.

"I've spent my last two in prison, so this one will be fantastic," said Greus. "It feels good because I'm around a family that cares that are bunked next to me. Without them I don't' know where I'd be."

The annual Christmas dinner at the Salvation Army begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 25th.

For more information on how to check in to the shelter for the Christmas weekend, stop by the Salvation Army at 3020 Legion Street Lake Charles.

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