Winter is coming and that means cold days and even colder nights. For those who find themselves without a warm place to stay, these times can be frigid, unknowing and dangerous.

One place in Porterville however opens its doors to all in need, even if it’s just for a hot meal or refreshing shower. The New Porterville Rescue Mission (NPRM) is seen as a safe haven for the homeless community and those who are just down on their luck and need a helping hand.

With winter quickly approaching, the NPRM is preparing its place for the coming cold season, and is hoping the community can help it with some items it’s in need of. The NPRM is the only shelter in Porterville who accepts people in need from all walks of life. The mission currently houses 30 residents, and provide meals, care boxes and showers for at least 60 people a week. With the temperature dropping, the mission is anticipating a large influx of people searching for shelter and need to be prepared for that increase as it comes through the doors.

The mission is asking for donations of tents, sleeping bags, blankets, towels, cold weather clothing, jackets, hygiene products and non-perishable food items. Donations can be taken to the mission located at 30 South A Street.

For more information contact the New Porterville Rescue Mission directly at (559) 782-6379.

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