Helping Others Beat the Heat

Some Norfolk city workers are helping homeless people and others in need beat the heat.

When the heat rises, teams of volunteers from Norfolk's Human Services and Public Health departments hit the streets to hand out cold bottles of water.

Officials say more than 200 bottles were distributed last week. The program will continue throughout the summer on days when extreme heat is expected.

The volunteers can't get to all of the estimated 600 to 800 homeless people in the city, but handing out water is better than doing nothing. The lobbies of Norfolk's public buildings also are open to those living in the heat.

Volunteers say they get a mix of reactions on the street. Some people look puzzled and say, "I'm fine." Others ask a few questions, while some smile, take a bottle or two, and quickly walk away. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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