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City Mission over capacity

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Posted By:  Brittany Paris

Thursday night, it was wall to wall with guests at the People's City Mission. 

And on Friday, it doesn't look like it will be much different.

"Busy. Busy times."

With the snow falling and the temperatures dropping, the Mission's guest numbers are rising. Almost 200 men slept there Thursday night, not even counting the women and children.

"We let guys come in no matter what. So let's say we kick you out for drinking or fighting, if it's cold, we let you back in," Pastor Tom Barber said.

Pastor Tom says with so many extra guests, the Mission needs extra food, beds, and staff. It's an expensive time.

Some people who had the day off work spent their time volunteering there.  Helping to serve food, clean up, and watch the kids.  One guest says after two snow days, though, she's ready for her kids to go back to school.

"I had to play Candy Land like 50 times and I'm kinda tired. I'm ready to go back to work," Lakota Granger said.

Although the children are excited about the snow, the Mission stresses the importance of giving people a warm place to stay.  But guests say.. during winter, the mission isn't just a place to go...

"It's somewhere you want to be. Because there are some pretty nice people here."

Pastor Tom says he thinks they got everyone out of the cold, but expects the Mission will stay busy like this until temperatures get warmer.

The People's City Mission is accepting monetary donations, or things like diapers and personal care needs.

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