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White flag waves early this season, local shelter seeking donations to deal with the cold

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The line was long outside Wayside Christian Mission's Emergency Shelter Friday night. 

"I'm homeless, waiting to get checked in at the shelter," Donald Feeback said. "It's really cold out here. I have no where to live. I have no money in my pocket at the moment."  

Feeback says if he wasn't there, he'd spend the night inside an abandoned house. 

"I have a little bit more hope about stuff seeing people like this besides myself," Feeback said. 

He and dozens and others are getting in because of the white flag program. The Louisville shelter won't turn anyone away when it's below 35 degrees. 

"It really has caught us off guard," Wayside Christian Mission Chief Operating Officer Nina Moseley said about the cold. She says 75 people slept in the shelter Thursday night because of the white flag program. 

Moseley believes funding for the white flag program will run out earlier than usual this winter.  

"They put mats on the floor in there, we sleep in the kitchen, we sleep in the gym, anywhere they can put us," David Adams told WDRB while waiting to get into the shelter. "We ain't got no choice. If you want to get out of the cold, that's what you gotta do." 

Moseley says while they're keeping people out of the cold overnight, they don't have enough coats, gloves, hats, scarves and blankets for the people they're helping. 

"We always do a coat giveaway on Thanksgiving so a lot of folks are collecting coats for us, but we won't get them until around Thanksgiving," she said. 

Moseley says donations can be dropped of at the Wayside Christian Mission shelter on East Jefferson Street. 

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