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Dec 11, 2012 5:16 AM

Homeless Dealing With Cool Wet Weather

Many in Lexington are probably thankful that the three-plus inches of rain that fell over the area over the last few days didn't come down as snow.

But for the homeless, the rain may prove more difficult to cope with.

"The snow I can brush off. Snow we can live with. Rain penetrates our coats; it gets in our hair. Our feet are probably the most critical part," Kevin Labona said.

Ginny Ramsey works with the Catholic Action Center. She says the rain poses a real danger for those living on the streets.

"Their feet are constantly wet. They're constantly walking, and it gets really dangerous."

The line starts forming outside the Community Inn three hours before the doors open. Inside, volunteers blow up air mattresses and lay out blankets - 75 spots to sleep.

Community Inn volunteers also started a sock-exchange. People can trade in their wet socks for dry ones, and volunteers wash and dry the socks to hand out the following night.

Officials at the Community Inn say the recent wet weather has taken a toll on the sock supply, along with its supply of blankets, coats and other needed items.

If you would like to help, you can donate socks and blankets, or you can purchase a card that funds one night's stay roughly $2.50.

For more information, check out the Community Inn website HERE.

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