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Lexington community steps up to help people in need during the cold

The Lexington community is stepping up to help people in need this winter.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington community is stepping up to help people in need this winter.

Some people are making large donations to area shelters while others are opening their doors to give people a warm place to stay.

At River of Life Church of God, Pastor Jesse Acosta is opening their doors to host people in need in partnership with the Catholic Action Center. They are giving them a meal, a warm place to stay, and even some entertainment during this cold weather.

Acosta said he knows what is is like to experience homelessness saying he once was living in his car and on the streets until someone stepped up to help.

"They made a difference in my life, so now I want to make a difference in somebody else's life," he said.

Officials with the Fayette County Democratic Party (FCDP) asked people to donate what they could over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. On Wednesday, they sorted more than 1,000 items to give to people at the Hope Center and The Nest.

"We recognize there are people in our community who have needs and we love them as our brothers and sisters and we will do what we can to help people out," said FCDP Chair Clint Morris.

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