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Homeless population especially vulnerable when temperatures drop

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We're dealing with downright cold temperatures in South Carolina.

Many of us are lucky enough to have a safe place to stay warm but others need some help.

Hidden among the bright lights of South Carolina's "Famously Hot" capital city is a line of men.

The men need warmth in more ways than one.

"They're giving me a hand to build myself back up and that's what I'm trying to do right now," said a man waiting outside of the shelter.

As the temperatures drop, the line grows at Oliver Gospel Mission.

"You get breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner, and a bed. You have to shower, it's a requirement," said another man waiting to get into the shelter.

When it seems like getting inside the building is the only hope for warmth, a woman brings a donation.

Sherri Potter drops off blankets for the men.

"It's going to get down to 16 degrees tonight, so I figured, what better place to bring them, than someplace that someone can use them," explained Potter.

As the line moves inside the building, Columbia keeps bustling.

"God gives us a chance to do better for ourselves. We've just got to do better," said one of the men. "You've got some kind people in Columbia."

Oliver Gospel Mission has been helping people in Columbia for more than 125 years.

It's not just blanket donations the shelter needs. Food, toothpaste, cough drops, clothing and more, all help.

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