Cold weather shelters in need of donations | News
St. Petersburg, Florida -- As many as 500 people are expected to turn to cold weather shelters Wednesday night as temperatures drop to around freezing.
The concern is what happens Thursday, or if another cold snap hits this winter.
After opening shelters eight times in December, Thursday will be the 10th this season in Pinellas County. The problem is that's all they planned for the entire season.
With nearly 3,000 people already coming in this winter, officials say they're worried about what supplies are left.
"All summer long they kept saying, 'It's going to be a warmer winter. It's not going to be as cold as last year,'" said Sarah Snyder, director of the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.
Among the items needed immediately are single-bed blankets, paper products, like plates, cups, and napkins, as well as cash donations.
"There is a concern that we aren't going to have sufficient funds to do what we need to do," Snyder said.
By comparison, in last year's record cold winter, Pinellas County opened shelters 14 times.
To donate, just go to any of the shelter locations. Click here for Pinellas shelter locations.