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People in need find warmth at several shelters

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For the second straight morning the temperatures have been below freezing. For those whose heater was broken or those without a warm place to sleep, community centers in the twin cities were once again open. Our Nolan Crane was there to show us how grateful everyone was.

Mishun Kage was one of a handful of people who came to a shelter and had a cot and blanket to help him stay warm. He's grateful for a warm place to call home, even it was just for a night.

"Well I've been in a tent for months now and it's been wonderful. It's been working out fine, it's been working out great, but the weather is kind of taking its tool," said Mishun Kage.

Thanks to community leaders and the Salvation Army Kage was also well fed because of all the food donated. Kage says he was out of the cold because of a stranger who went out of his way.

"The guy came up and he told me about this place and he even brought me here," said Kage.

Although most of the people who came to a shelter are homeless, not everyone was.

"We also had a family of five who needed showers during this period of time. They came last evening to shower because their pipes in their house froze," said Julia Wilhite.

Julia Wilhite was prepared for 40 people to spend the night and eat breakfast. Only a few came but she says it's not quantity but the quality of care those who came received.

"In this center we are thrilled to have four people who needed out services and were provided are services. We're truly happy that we had four, we would have been just as happy with forty," said Wilhite.

"You must thank god for people like this, for making this place possible for people like me. I can't wait to come back," said Kage.

With the temperatures warming up it might be a while before Kage can come back but if he needs help, he says he knows where he can find it.

The staff at the West Monroe Community Center say they are spending the rest of today making sure everyone who came by and spent the night has their needs met and are educated on other programs and agencies available to help.

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