With the official start of Fall on Sunday, People's City Mission in Lincoln are already thinking ahead to the winter months. Blankets, coats, and socks are just some of the items in high demand.
The People's City Mission says coats and blankets are already a hot commodity, that's why they're kick-starting their push for winter items.
"Usually in October and the early part of November, we start collecting things," said People's City Mission Executive Director, Pastor Tom Barber. "Right now we're collecting blankets and coats, we've got some bunk beds and cots, and we're just getting read."
Volunteer Patty O'Bryan said coats at the Distribution Center are flying off the racks.
"As soon as we put a coat out, it's almost gone," said O'Bryan. "We haven't gotten a lot of coats in yet, but when we do we put them out and people love them."
Clothing isn't the only concern. Pastor Barber said they're also worried about space in the shelter.
"We're stacking up. As new people are coming in, or people that have been here and are having a hard time getting out, our numbers are starting to bulge," said Barber. "This winter if we get a big increase, I'm not sure where we're going to put them all."
They're ultimate goal is helping people in need from all walks of life.
"We help the working poor, we help students, we help homeless, and we help people that just need a step up to make ends meet because clothing is expensive," said O'Bryan.
That's why the People's City Mission hopes to receive more donations.
"If we here at the mission can give them a pair of gloves or a coat or something like that, then that's one less thing that they have to think about, and one little step toward getting back on their feet," said People's City Mission Volunteer and Guest, Michael Malec.