Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch begins its 21st year

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha's Winter Night Watch program has begun its 21st year.

Winter Night Watch provides hot meals, winter clothing and blankets to Omaha's homeless and near homeless. Last year more than 16,000 meals were served, and thousands of winter items were distributed. The Salvation Army patrols Omaha's streets every night between December first and the end of February to provide the meals and warm clothing.

Winter Night Watch coordinator J.J. Kuzma expects a dramatic increase in need this year. He says that poses a challenge to the Salvation Army at a time when people need assistance the most. Kuzma says the economy is likely a factor in the increased need.

Donations of gloves, socks and other winter items are needed for Winter Night Watch. The only days it doesn't operate are Christmas night and New Year's night.