Volunteers try to help the homeless amid the winter weather
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
In the distance, the BOK Center draws in crowds with the hottest entertainment, but just north of that, John 3:16 Mission draws in crowds trying to get out of the coldest weather.
"The kind of universal code word we use is this is 'killer cold,'" said John 3:16 Mission Pastor Steve Whitaker.
And Tulsa's homeless people are trying to escape it in droves.
"My shelter is full, Salvation Army's full, Day Center's full, every place is packed full," Whitaker said.
The frigid temps are moving one local resident to take action.
"I have the ability to do something, I have to do something," said Ray Neal. He and some other volunteers put together 100 ziplocs full of necessities to be handed out Saturday in what Neal calls Glocks for the Homeless.
"Every package contains two pairs of gloves, two pairs of socks, a package of hand warmers, some lip balm and a hat," he said.
Anyone can participate in Glocks for the Homeless, they will be meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 13, at the QuikTrip at 11th and Utica to hand out all the bags created for the homeless.
Even though John 3:16 is packed to the brim with people, Whitaker won't let that stop him from helping.
"I've got 150 beds, we won't turn anybody away," he said. "I'll do whatever I have to do."
Whitaker has his hands full and would welcome any financial assistance from the community.
"Our resources are strained to the max right now, we're running well over capacity, and so it pushes us and at the end of the month I'm scratching my head wondering how I'm going to pay for all that," he said.