Eastern Kentucky church puts out white flag during cold nights

Published: Nov. 26, 2018 at 9:57 PM EST
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A church in Corbin is waving a white flag to help people in need.

First Baptist Church wants the community to know there will be a warm place for people to stay if they need it.

Monday was the first night the church put out the white flag this year.

The church puts the flag out when temperatures are expected to drop below 29 degrees.

Inside the church, people can find a warm place to stay with a warm meal, clothes and toiletries.

"It can be a life or death situation to be trapped out in the cold on these nights like this to be exposed to the elements and this can truly be a matter of life or death, so whatever we can do try to help people not be out on the street or under a bridge or camping in a tent," said Pastor Austin Carty, First Baptist Church.

This is the second year for the program.

Last year the church said they opened their doors for about 60 nights and raised $60,000 for the program.

First Baptist Church has a new building this year for the ministry, it sits just across the street from the church.