Salvation Army asking for donations as need increases due to frigid temps

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -{}You can stay home and crank up the heat during these frigid temperatures, but the homeless often have to brave the cold. The Salvation Army is doing what it can to help them stay warm.

"I have no other place to go," said Orvie Landen, a homeless man who visited the warming shelter Thursday.

While these below freezing temperatures may represent an inconvenience for many, it's a life or death situation for Landen who is simply trying to survive for this one reason.

"I hope to someday be able to reunite with my children and spend time with them and If I'm out there in the cold with no place to go then there's no way I can do that," said Landen.

The center is staying open around the clock and many of the{}homeless{}are taking them up on the offer. But with several days of freezing temperatures ahead, donations are needed. The Salvation Army is asking for non-perishable foods, snacks, coffee, tea, thick blankets and jackets.

"We had a lot of people who came in and they're staying in so long as it's cold and snowing outside," said Kathy Barbiere, with the Salvation Army.

And while you may think your donation won't make much of a difference, Landen said it represents more than you could imagine.

"What they've done really means something and it's really beneficial for those who need it and want to put that to work," said Landen.

There are some who despite the dangers will choose to leave the center and spend the night outside. So officials are asking that you donate book bags with snacks and well as thick blankets so that they can make it through the night.

You can drop off the donations at 111 W. Markham St. in Little Rock.