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Charleston Tent City inhabitants endure bitter cold

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp  Tent City residents worked constantly to keep their fire going on Monday afternoon, in advance of the night’s expected single-digit temperatures.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp
Tent City residents worked constantly to keep their fire going on Monday afternoon, in advance of the night’s expected single-digit temperatures.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The residents, bundled up in hoodies and coats, ran up the hill when they saw Daniel Moore arrive with some hot soup.

“They see me come,” Moore said, “they come a-running.”

Moore, whose wife Betty does the cooking, regularly drops off hot meals, blankets, coats and other items for the residents of “Tent City,” located along the Elk River near the Spring Street Bridge.

“The good Lord tells me to do it,” Moore said. “I’d hate to be down on my luck like that.”

A light snow fell as Tent City residents worked to keep the fire going Monday afternoon, hours before the temperature was expected to drop to around 5 degrees.

“We’re surviving,” said one of the residents, Dorothy Bradfield.

She and others there were more focused on making sure a visitor was warm. “Stand here,” they’d say, gesturing to the warmest spot by the fire…

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