The non-profit organization Building Community Bridges opened Friday to provide shelter to the homeless community for the weekend. (Lexie Petrovic / KRCG13).

JEFFERSON CITY –

The non-profit organization Building Community Bridges opened Friday to provide shelter to the homeless community for the weekend.

"This weekend, we are opening our facilities for the homeless and needing shelter," said Alicia Edwards, director of operations. "As it will be bad this weekend, we do not want to leave these people unforgettable in the cold."

Edwards said the idea came after the storm last weekend.

"Last weekend, we had the idea that we had to find a solution, especially when we discovered that the weather was going down badly this weekend as well," she said.

Edwards said that she had tried to spread the word on social media and through various groups, but that it was difficult because she did not know if the homeless community would have access to these. resources.

"I've sent the message through social media and a few different pages on Facebook and on my own page," she said. "I also have some friends who have contacted the Salvation Army and different organizations that we thought we needed to know."

She said that Building Community Bridges was trying to collect a variety of items to provide to the homeless community, but she pointed to a field of articles that are not usually considered donations.

"We collect clothes, non-perishable items and especially toiletries because oftentimes people do not realize that their homeless status does not mean that they do not want to have the ## 147 ## "Looks nice and really does not smell a lot of toiletries," she said.

Edwards said the message from the organization was going beyond this weekend.

"We are just trying to build a community center available to all people in need in this area and to offer free children's programs and places where people will rest in such moments," she said. declared.

Edwards said those looking to volunteer or donate should contact her on the organization's Facebook page, where their information is listed in various flyers.