The community has gathered together in one accord to help those who need shelter from freezing temperatures. Businesses, churches and local officials quickly provided a heated building for those who needed warmth during this burst of cold weather.

Candy Hughes, a member of Harmony Baptist Church, said she heard of the freezing weather coming and began to worry about the homeless population.

"I found out there was no homeless shelter or soup kitchen in Bastrop," she said. "I called the Mayor on a Thursday morning and in less than 48 hours we had all we needed to keep people out of the freezing cold. It was amazing how fast it all came into place. Mayor Cotton and Mrs. Dianne Lenoir did an amazing job."

Mayor Henry Cotton said St. John's Community Enrichment Center, 1407 West Madison Ave., has been housing people since Saturday, Dec. 30 and will do so until Saturday, Jan. 6.

"This is a community effort," he said. "Every day a different church has been doing the feeding. The Sheriff's Department provided the cots and blankets. We want to keep people out of the deadly cold weather."

The following churches and organizations have helped serve and cook: Bastrop First United Pentecostal Church, Bastrop Reality, Christ Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, Harmony Baptist Church, Horseshoe Baptist Church, New Life Church, St. John's Baptist Church and St. Mary C.M.E.

To volunteer call Dianne Lenoir at 318.331.6220 or Isaac Gray at 318.366.6929. To make a monetary donation, contact the Office of the Mayor at 202 East Jefferson Ave.