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Frigid weather leads to outpouring for city's homeless

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Can you imagine not having a warm place to sleep on night where the temperatures are forecast to be in the single digits in Charlotte? The city showed its outpouring of support for the homeless by donating warm weather necessities for the homeless in two different grassroots efforts Monday.

First stop: The King's Kitchen in uptown. Donations piled up in its bakery after owner Jim Noble sent out an email blast about 1 p.m.

"This is the heart of God in the city," he said, blown away by the amount of the donations. "I always say Charlotte is a benevolent city but this blows it out of the water."

Katherine Hohnbaum, of Charlotte, stopped by after hearing about the plea to help the homeless in a church email and went to her neighbors for help.

"I can't imagine having to sleep outside tonight --and I can't image that anybody has to," she said. "I had a few blankets but we needed more so I just stopped at a few houses and here we are."

The staff of the restaurant, along with CMPD, handed out the donations Monday night.

The thought of anyone outside in such frigid temps moved Melinda Medina, also of Charlotte, to action as well. Once homeless herself, she sent out a post on Facebook asking for donations, too. 

"It's rough out here," she said. "We gotta help people. We gotta be a community, come together and help."

Including Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Byron Bell, who showed up with 30 brand new coats after being tagged in post Medina put on Instagram.

"I thought I would give back by giving some coats and things to the homeless," he said. "I got somewhere to sleep tonight, nice and warm. They don't."

Bell, Medina and a handful of other braved the unforgiving wind and hit the streets Monday night as well to hand out coats, hats, blankets and shoes to anyone in need.

WBTV has also learned Mayor Patrick Cannon instructed Charlotte Mecklenburg Police to pick up anyone on the streets and take them to a shelter.

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