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Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter

Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 08:21 AM EST
News 13 continues our challenge to help give back. Our morning anchors are spotlighting 3 local charities every month. Voting opens up on our WLOS Facebook page in 2 weeks for 1 of them to win $1,000 from our partners, Bryan Easler Toyota.

Our first charity for December is the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter. News 13's Holly Headrick shows us, it's much more than just a warm place for the homeless to sleep during the cold winter months.

Compassion for a group of men and women who have fallen on hard times. They're greeted with heartwarming words of faith from local church volunteers.

Shelter Director, Russ McLamb, says when people come to the shelter the volunteers find out why they are in the situation they are in, what made them homeless and then connect them with various programs in the county to hlep them get out of their homelessness.

The Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter becomes their lifeline during the winter months. Client, Kenneth Carver, says he loves it. He says, "it's good to know that even though you've been through the ringer, you can come to a place like this and you know the people do care."

A group of pastors started the shelter 5 years ago, and continue to support it. It's run by donations from churches and individuals.

The Charity Challenge prize could be life saving. McLamb says that $1,000 could help them stay open two weeks and help pay the bills during the season.

To find out more about The Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter, click here.

Next Monday, we'll spotlight another charity in this month's challenge.Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter

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