Homeless Man Dies During The Weekend's Freezing Temperatures 11/25/13
CBS 7 News
November 25, 2013
ODESSA, TX-The freezing temperatures over the weekend may have played a role in one homeless man's death Saturday night.
Somewhere on the frozen streets of Odessa, an unidentified homeless man's body was found, breaking the hearts of many including those at Jesus House Odessa.
Temperatures dropped well below freezing Saturday night. While thousands were without power, hundreds were without homes, leaving them with no choice but to sleep on the ice-cold streets of Odessa.
For one unidentified homeless man, it would be his last night sleeping in the cold.
"We're not exactly sure of the cause of death yet, but the body core temperature was 88-degrees, which is hypothermia," said Donny Kyker, Founder of Jesus House Odessa.
Kyker says this is why the group, Homeless Alliance, was created in the first place, to prevent the homeless from freezing to death.
"This is why we do night strikes, this is why we find people that are in need, and we did not find him that night. This is where we could really use the community's help,” said Kyker.
The group goes on these night strikes whenever temperatures drop below 32-degrees to deliver sleeping bags, jackets and food to the homeless.
"We really need the community to let us know when they see the homeless so we can assist."
One homeless man, who will be staying the night at Jesus House Odessa is more than grateful to be off the streets, even if it's just for one night.
"They're helping anybody, it’s amazing," said Kenneth Klaps, a homeless man in Odessa.
Kyker says he hopes to reach as many homeless people as he can and provide them with gear to keep them as warm as possible. If you would like to help the night strike teams with items such as zero-degree sleeping bags, you can visit their website at www.jesushouseodessa.com.
Jesus House will be keeping its doors open, for the second night in a row, not only to serve the homeless, but also those left without power from this weekend's storm.