Extreme heat dangerous for homeless in Lubbock

Extreme heat dangerous for homeless in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

If you were out in the heat for more than a few minutes, odds are you were dripping in sweat. 

Fortunately, most of us can run back into the air conditioning and cool off. That is not the case for Lubbock's homeless.

"When you're stuck out here in the heat, you ain't got no where to go, it's very easy to have a heat stroke," said Jerrod Haggerty, who was homeless for a month and a half. "You could definitely die out here. I almost passed out on the way over here. So it's very aggravating, it's very frustrating and it's dangerous, man."

Chad Wheeler, Executive Director for Open Door (formerly known as Carpenter's Church), is working to provide those people with a place to cool down, clean up and hydrate.

"It's actually very dangerous," Wheeler said. "You know, when people think of homelessness, they often think of the threat of winter or the cold and sleeping outside but the summer heat is actually very dangerous. People die every year because of the heat. Lack of hydration, heat stroke -  those types of things and people out on the street are more susceptible to those kind of things especially in West Texas."

Wheeler said Open Door will need help from the community to get through the summer months.

"There's some big needs right now," he said. "One of them is obviously bottled water. We have some donated water that just came in yesterday, so that's a huge resource. Some others this time of year are bug spray, sun screen."

If you would like to donate, you can drop off supplies at Open Door or contact them through their website.

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