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Ministry helps homeless through winter

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) -

The Church Under The Bridge has raised serious concerns for the 300 homeless people living throughout area. Recently, they lost one of their members to the cold weather, a veteran, who died outside of his trailer.

Just last week, John Cross, a member of The Church Under the Bridge passed away in the freezing weather outside of his trailer on the 2900 block of Franklin in Midland.

"We were just in the beginning stages with him and it is unfortunate. We just didn't get to him that night," said Evan Rogers, president of the Church Under the Bridge.

With temperatures dropping throughout the Permian Basin, there is a serious risk of the homeless to succumb to the elements.

"People will think that doesn't happen in Texas, but the reality is that it can get very, very cold, very quickly, especially with the wind," said Rogers.

That's why the group has made it their mission to keep the homeless warm throughout the winter season by distributing winter supplies to get them through the coldest nights.

"We have a team that goes out every time the temperature drops below 32 degrees," said Rogers.

Now after losing a member of their ministry due to freezing temperatures, the group is hoping the community will lend a hand to those in need.

"It would be a big help if people through the cold months would put a zero degree sleeping bag, gloves, blankets and hand warmers in their car. They might see someone we don't see," said Rogers.

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