Thermal underwear given to homeless Austinites

Thermal underwear given to homeless Austinites

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Thermal underwear, scarves, hats, gloves...even a warm meal.

Richard Troxell with House the Homeless says there are about 4,000 homeless Austinites.

Many either don't want shelter or can't find any with room.

For the past 13 years, they've been having a "Thermal Underwear Give-Away Party" to help battle the cold weather.

"These people have repressed autoimmune systems. So they're very vulnerable to what we call hypothermia. And that means you start losing body heat faster than you can make it," Troxell said.

Bryan Field says he zips himself up in his sleeping bag every night on someone's front porch -- with permission of course. He appreciates the new warm clothing.

"It was nice. You know, it will help out for a little bit through the winter," Field said.

Field has been homeless off and on for the past five years after he lost his job.

He hopes on New Year's Day 2015, his life will be different.

"Hopefully in a travel trailer or in an apartment. You know, a studio or something like that. Trying to get an actual job. I work day labor but I'm gonna try to get an actual job...40 plus hours a week," he said.

Greg Williams was homeless for a year due to child support and an addiction. Now he's in housing and has his CDL but he's not stopping there.

"It's more to my life than just what I'm doing now. I want more and I plan on getting more, it just takes time. But the main thing is that you can't give up," Williams said.

Williams says he has New Year's resolutions but he doesn't say them out loud because they might not happen if he does.

"But at the same time, when you do it, you've got people looking at you saying 'Okay well he's doing this now! He's not even talking about it...but he's doing it,'" Williams said.

As for the 60 volunteers, clothing, food and music...Williams is thankful.

"Man...that's great. That's great because people came out, they helped people out of the kindness of their heart. And that's what it's all about, I mean. Without getting too religious...but that's what the Man upstairs would do...straight up," Williams said.

If you'd like more information on House The Homeless and how to donate for next year, you can visit www.housethehomeless.org

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