And at the nearby United Way of Suwannee Valley, officials are giving out blankets and warm clothes. They say people who may have homes but are low on money have to be watchful because their energy bills will go up from all the heat, so they too need help.

"They're going to be receiving bills that are going to be more than they are used to, which trying to juggle that with their ongoing expenses," said Rita Dopp, executive director of the organization. "So I think we can expect to see an increased demand in requests for assistance just based on the fact that people are going to have increased expenses this winter due to their heating costs."

To make a donation to those in need, call Catholic Charities at 386-754-9180 or go to Or call the United Way of Suwannee Valley at 386-752-5604 or go to