We’re in our winter weather cycle where we’ll see temperatures going up and down. El Paso is lucky because we don’t get super cold in the winter, but we do see cold snaps and if you’re homeless, that weather is even tougher to deal with.

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless in downtown El Paso says that as the weather continues to get colder at night, they are taking in more and more people who are trying to get in out of the cold.

The Shelter took to Facebook yesterday and posted that they took in 186 people and they expect to take in more this week because of the cold weather. They need the public’s help for donations. They need all the cold weather gear that you expect like coats, sweaters, sweatsuits, gloves, hats, socks, and shoes. If you have blankets, sheets, and towels, they can probably use those as well.

They are also asking for donations of food like rice, beans, pasta, meat, poultry, coffee, sugar, tea, and water. Doing a donation drive with a girl or boy scout troop or a school club would be a great way to gather donated items and show kids that

If you can donate winter gear, you can drop off your donations at the Center on 1208 Myrtle Avenue. You can also donate money by using this link to donate to the Opportunity Center for the Homeless during El Paso Giving Day. Just click on the link and donate what you can to help out fellow El Pasoans who have fallen on hard times.