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Crisis Ministries Of Davidson Co. Fights For Funds To Stop Bed Bugs

10:55 PM, Jun 6, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, NC -- The Executive Director of the Crisis Ministries of Davidson Co. is crying out again, about the infestation of bed bugs at her facility.

"This is so heartbreaking," said Gayle Whiteheart, the Exec. Director of the Crisis Ministries of Davidson County.

Whiteheart is upset because the shelter has a bed bug problem and believes it will have to close due to the bugs.

"It's always a question, when I lay down in the bed or is my baby going to get bitten," said Nicole Hamilton, a homeless mother.

Hamilton has been living at the shelter since January. She says both her 4-week-old were bitten by bed bugs at the Lexington shelter. Whiteheart is a mission to make sure it doesn't keep happening. That's why she's asking the county commission to give the shelter nearly $40,000 for new mattresses and beds.

On Tuesday, county commissioners met and discussed funding the bed bug clean-up project but no decision was made. Commissioners say they want to wait and see how much the shelter can raise before they will step-in to help cover costs.

"With the economy the way it is, we are trying to do the things that we can do for non-profits. But all of them have emergencies right now," said Fred McClure, a Davidson Co. Commissioner.

They'll take up the issue at a public meeting on Tuesday June 11, 2013.

Meanwhile, Whiteheart has reached out to the City of Lexington and the United Way for possible funding.

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