Community remembers homeless man in vigil and helps others in need

(WWBT) - With the possibility of snow on the way and temperatures dropping into the teens next week, friends of a homeless man who died in the cold are trying to keep this from happening to anyone else.
A Society Without a Name held a vigil Saturday afternoon in Monroe Park.  They say the man, affectionately known as "Peanut", was forced to brave the elements and sleep in the park on New Year's Weekend.  Friends of Peanut are especially upset because they say he was just starting to turn his life around.

Organizers are now saying more options are needed for people who have nowhere else to go.

"I am so very concerned.  I wish I was in the position to let everybody come to my house because at the end of the day, I know there are still going to be people left outside," said Katrina Lewis of A Society Without a Name.

Organizers also handed out blankets today.

Meanwhile, if anyone needs to get out of the cold this weekend the city is opening its overflow shelter in the Public Safety building on North 9th Street.  The shelter will be open from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the next few days.

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