The bitter cold temperatures have many in Eastern Carolina looking for the easiest way to keep warm.
And even though the New Bern homeless shelter has central heating, staying warm isn't as easy as you might think. Many shelter guests spent lunch time on Monday eating a meal prepared by area high school students. Some of those guests are in great need of winter coats, hats and socks. But one man stresses the need for more volunteers. People he says could help them get out and get a job during the winter months, when the shelter is so crowded and not many businesses are hiring.
According to the shelter staff, guests are granted extensions on an individual bases. They are usually for about two weeks and certain requirements must be met.