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Waterfront Rescue Mission open tonight for anyone

PENSACOLA/ FORT WALTON BEACH   --  The Waterfront Rescue Mission Shelters in Pensacola, Mobile and Fort Walton Beach are open tonight for anyone, men, women and children.

Usually the shelter houses only men, with a maximum capacity of 250.

Waterfront workers say they'll find a place for everyone for the next two nights, and they could use cold weather clothes and extra food donations.

Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel profiles a man who answered that call for help, before it even went out.
"Just yesterday at Sunday lunch, Hillcrest Baptist Churches' David Wiggins was wondering how to help, quickly ahead of the cold front.  Within hours he had an answer."

Early afternoon -- Wiggins put out a Facebook appeal.
"Let's get busy, let's do something good."
Wiggins says social media often gets rightly blamed for isolating folks.

But he says sometimes, it  connects, for the good.
"Things like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram provide a rallying point for young and old.  I'm amazed a the number of senior adults who saw this on Facebook and jumped on board."

By dark -- Wiggins was meeting people -- many of them strangers -- who had trunkfuls of supplies.

All responding to that one post.
"The stories we were hearing last  night was i didn't, i forgot i had this and so they pulled in, dropped it off.  Now, tonight, it's gonna be on somebody's back.  Keep 'em warm, going to good use."

Five year old Jude pitches in.
"We're going to help the cold people!"
"People want to love their neighbor.  They just do.  And so this was a great way to give 'em an opportunity to do that."

This batch will be given out to folks looking for warmth and help at the Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola.

Wiggins also collected quilts and sleeping bags for the Streets and Lanes Ministry.

They're a group volunteers who take food and supplies directly into homeless camps around Escambia County.