MANDEVILLE, La. - Bags and blankets are the new yard decorations at the LeBourgeois' home in Old Mandeville, at least for tonight.
"Just so that they don't die,” said Greg LeBourgeois, “They cost a lot."
The family is taking the precaution because of the predicted hard freeze for the Northshore.
But something they don't wait around for the cold to cover is piping.
"Once I built the house, I covered them so that way I don't have to do it when it's freezing cold because that's the worst time to be out there," he said.
Emergency officials on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are taking their preparations one step further by partnering with this church in Bay St. Louis to open a cold weather shelter for Wednesday and Thursday nights.
"Everybody around just about knows someone that don't have heat or something of that nature and just to let them know they're welcome to come here," said Pastor Ben Dedeaux at Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church.
The church on Hwy. 90 is operating the shelter with cots and blankets donated by the Red Cross, volunteers from their congregation and food donated by the community.
But having to make this move again, so early in the winter, is concerning for the church.
"Last year we only had three nights that we did," Dedeaux said. "We've already done two so we're ahead of the game so far."
Whether it's helping others, or just helping your own family, people aren't challenging this cold.
The address for the church is 5078 Hwy. 90 in Bay St. Louis, a mile west of Waveland. Hours are 4 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday, and it re-opens at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving night through 9 a.m. Friday morning.
If anyone needs assistance getting to the shelter, they can contact 228-255-9191. For information on how to help the church with the shelter, visit their website at http://ostbc.com/.