Cold weather preps at St. Vincent de Paul

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POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:52pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:26am

St. Vincent de Paul officials in Baton Rouge say they have resources set up to help those in need during the cold weather months.

"As the temperature continues to drop they start to thinking, 'Well you know there is that nice warm shelter over there,'" Michael Acaldo, executive director St. Vincent de Paul, said.

Acaldo said the shelters and dining room could see big crowds as the weather begins to chill.

"The demand has already been high this year. It was high last year. We anticipate a very busy winter season," Acaldo said.

Acaldo explained the longer it stays cold, and lower temperatures drop, the more people they'll need to help.

"When it drops below forty they'll come see us. We have some people that when it drops below freezing they come to see us. Then there are some folks that will not come to us unless there is a really hard freeze," Acaldo said.

Acaldo said the cooler weather also means more people depend on St. Vincent de Paul for meals.

"Electric bills go up so some people who may not be homeless some people just struggling to make ends meet they're paying higher electrical bills and therefore they need to come to seek our services," Acaldo described.

Saint Vincent de Paul officials say if you want to help they need donations of warm blankets, diapers and toiletries. You can bring the donations to their headquarters on St. Vincent de Paul Drive off Florida Boulevard .

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