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Many seek shelter, warmth at Greenville mission and Tent City

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Miracle Hill Greenville Rescue Mission cold shelter is open. (Jan. 5 2014/FOX Carolina) Miracle Hill Greenville Rescue Mission cold shelter is open. (Jan. 5 2014/FOX Carolina)
Greenville's Tent City under the Pete Hollis Bridge. (Jan. 5 2014/FOX Carolina) Greenville's Tent City under the Pete Hollis Bridge. (Jan. 5 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As the temperatures plummet over the next few days there's one group in the Upstate that several local organizations are very concerned about the wellness of the homeless population.

FOX Carolina visited a community called Tent City 2 under the Pete Hollis Blvd. bridge in Greenville, which has a population of at least 50 homeless people living together.

The residents there say they most likely won't seek refuge in a shelter, but they try to beat the heat in their tents.

A man that is called "The Governor" of tent city said they have many generous citizens stopping by every day to donate food and clothing, but at this time what they really need is heat.

He said at this point they're in desperate need for heaters and propane tanks. The devices have become the prized possessions of many of tent city's residents. However, they are in such short supply that when the equipment is dropped off, they have to raffle it off to see who the lucky recipient will be.  

"We need heat, need it bad," said the Governor. "There's five or six of us that's got it down here, there's 50 of us that don't."

The city said they also need firewood and batteries. They said they could also use some over the counter cold medicine, because many of the residents are currently ill.

The residents say right now they don't need anymore clothes, they have so many that they actually are donating them to other people that need them more, like recent house fire victims.

If you are interested in donating to tent city, visitors are welcome at their location under the Pete Hollis Blvd. bridge (SC 183), which crosses over the railroad tracks between the cross streets of Alexander Street and Old Buncombe Road.

Others in need visit local shelters

The white flags are flying outside the Miracle Hill Greenville Rescue mission, meaning the cold shelter is open for anyone who needs to get out of the cold.

Employees at the shelter on West Washington Street said their cold shelter will open every night that temperatures are expected to drop below 40 degrees.

Workers said about 60 people took refuge in the shelter Saturday night, and they expect more will come in as temperatures drop in the coming days.

Temperatures are forecast to fall throughout Monday and into Tuesday, becoming extremely cold across the Upstate.

The rescue mission offers a warm bed, snacks, and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who needs to come in out of the cold, according to workers there.

If you'd like to donate, visit Miracle Hill's website via the link on the side of the page.

Officials said 82 cents of every dollar donated to Miracle Hill ministries goes directly to programs, including the cold shelter.

Also in Anderson County, a shelter will be open at night for those looking for a warm place to stay. Click here for more information on when and where the shelter will be open.

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