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More People Seeking Shelter at the Union Gospel Mission in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash. - The cold weather brings more people to the Union Gospel Mission in Pasco to seek shelter at night.

They have become so crowded people have to sleep on foam mats on the floor.

Shelter representative Nicholas Vanbuskirk said a number of people are out of work because there is no harvest.

Vanbuskirk said people will ask for blankets but they encourage them to stay to night especially on nights like Monday when the weather was extremely.  

Vanbuskirk said, "There is no difference between a person that stays here and a person that has an apartment or a house, an individual is an individual.  We often look at outside appearance and we don't get to know them for truly who they are and that's important."

Vanbuskirk has been with the mission for three years originally there seeking shelter but now he is a supervisor and student at CBC College.

The Union Gospel Mission is always accepting donations like blankets, food, and clothing.

December 20th they are giving away boxes of food for families in need and on December 21 they will be giving away more than 400 toys to families in our community.

Donations are accepted at their facility located at 112 North 2nd Avenue in Pasco.