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Durant library offers cold weather options for homeless

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The lobby of the Durant public library will welcome the homeless on cold winter nights. (KTEN) The lobby of the Durant public library will welcome the homeless on cold winter nights. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- There is no homeless shelter in Durant. So those who are spending freezing days and nights without a roof over their heads are welcoming some help from an unexpected source.

The Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library lets the homeless sit in the lobby during business hours, and it also offers one meal per person a day.

"We allow them to kind of hang out," library director Robbee Tonubbee said. "A lot of them come in the lobby and just kind of sit, keep to themselves. A lot of them use the WiFi, because although they may have cellphones, it may not have a working number, so that's their way to keep in touch with people."

The library also provides one free meal per person per day.

"Oatmeal, soup... those are very popular," Tonubbee said.

In addition, there is a heater outside under the walkway of the main entrance, so even when doors are closed, there's still a way to warm up.

"It's pretty much the only place around that has something like that outside," Tonubbee said, adding that the facility has a rack of coats, blankets, scarves and hats available.

"This year, because winter seemed to last so long, you know, and January seemed like it was three months long, we ran out of coats probably by late February," the library director said. "I think we could've used some over the weekend."

Starting Saturday, the library will have a trailer with a shower and a place to do laundry provided by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Light of Hope Shelter will also be bringing hot meals to serve.

This service will be provided on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

"We hope to kind of have a little block party eventually, maybe get somebody out here to give haircuts," Tonubbee said.

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