Northern Kentucky man gives homeless a warm night inside
A man in Northern Kentucky made it possible Monday for some homeless people in the area to get a warm night indoors.
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In this photograph illustration a garden thermometer reads the daytime temperature of -3 C. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BELLEVUE, Ky. -- A man in Northern Kentucky made it possible Monday for some homeless people in the area to get a warm night indoors.
The homeless folks said they'll be forever grateful they have somewhere warm and comfortable to go.
WCPO reporter Amy Wadas spoke with some of those people.
A homeless shelter is never a guarantee of warm shelter, especially when it gets up to capacity during freezing cold nights. Everyone without a home wants a warm place to sleep, but there is not enough room to house everyone who needs a place to stay.
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The colder it gets, the faster the shelters reach capacity. So, a man in Northern Kentucky decided to help open some doors. Brandon Scott Perry, with the help of some volunteers raised enough money to put 12 homeless people up at the Comfort Suites in Bellevue.
"Tonight, if not taking appropriate precautions they're gonna freeze to death," Perry said. "We were able to get 12 people into those rooms. Lights up load a little bit for the shelters."
One of the people staying in the hotel Monday night is 18-year-old Jack Thompson.
"As cold as it outside, if I wasn't here I probably wouldn't be alive right now," Thompson said.
Thompson will stay in the hotel, along with Noah Baker, who knows how important it is to find warmth with the threatening conditions, and how much the smallest things can help.
"There's families. There's mothers with kids," he said. "People, I know the economy is tough right now, even if you don't really have something like the gentleman is doing here, a McDonald's sandwich, a cup of coffee if you got it."
To accompany a warm, comfortable sleep, each person staying in the hotel will get a McDonald's sandwich to enjoy.
"I think if I was that person on the street and no one to turn to, I think I'd be praying for a miracle that someone would help me," Baker said.