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Shelter opens early as weather gets colder

Shelter opens early as weather gets colder

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Nov 12, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Inside Catholic Charities, rows and rows of bunk beds house the Valley's homeless.

"It's warm in here," said one of those men, Larry Pankost.

A sharp drop in temperatures has forced the charity to open its cold weather shelter a week early this year and hundreds are taking refuge.

"Typically this time of year we are seeks about 160 people, but the last three nights in a row we've seen more than 250 clients come into the shelters," shelter manager Phillip Hollon said.

The charity is making more beds ready to fill the demand because the shelter won't turn away anyone who needs a warm place to sleep.

"Its been a great experience because I'm not on the street and there is a safety aspect," Pankost said.

"We don't want anyone outside in the cold conditions and we certainly don't want to wake up in the morning and find someone died on the streets in Southern Nevada," Hollon said.

The shelter is in need of winter clothes including men's socks, underwear and jackets. It's open 24-hours to take community donations at Las Vegas Blvd. & Owens.