CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some of the city's homeless are bracing for what could be one of the coldest nights of their lives.
Weslie "Sonny" Williams, 51, stood in the Manna Meal kitchen at St. John's Episcopal Church with a tear in his left eye.
"I'm worried about it, but. . ."
Williams didn't conclude the thought but instead took a long pause.
"One thing about it, though, I've got a lighter in my pocket and I'll keep warm."
Others were also facing the elements with resolve.
A 46-year-old homeless Air Force veteran, who wished to remain anonymous, was in good spirits as he ate lunch at Manna Meal. He said he will keep warm by sleeping inside a sleeping bag under a tarp.
"As long as you stay dry, you're good," he said.
He said he was not concerned about himself; he was worried about the elderly homeless.
Jim McDaniel, a volunteer for Christ Church United Methodist Church, said he and others worked Sunday to make sure Charleston's homeless can keep warm through the bitter cold weather.