by Anayeli Ruiz
BIG SPRING - The cold weather is making it tough on the patients at the Big Spring State Hospital and most of them don't have jackets.
The problem is that most of the patients at the State Hospital don't even have clothes, much less coats or jackets, when they get there and they depend on donations to get through the winter.
Officials are blaming the economy for the cold shoulder the patients are getting from Mother Nature right now.
"Primarily, because of the economy. People are not letting go of their coats as freely as they have in the past and consequently we haven't had enough to supply our patients," Debby Cook, Interim Activity Director, said.
Most of the patients admitted to the hospital are relapsed patients and a lot of the times it's unexpected so they show up with nothing.
The State Hospital keeps a shop where patients can pick two to three outfits every two weeks this not only helps their self esteem, but it also helps their social skills.
"They are very excited to get the clothes. They say it makes them feel good about themselves. It gives them a sense of self esteem. It makes them very thankful to the public, as well, it makes them realize they are not forgotten." Cook said.
More than anything, they need large jackets and coats, but they are accepting any size and all kinds of clothes and shoes.
"We always need men's shoes, jeans all size. Men's jeans those are the hard things we have trouble keeping in stock," Cook said.