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Published December 25, 2012, 09:07 PM

F-M homeless shelters accommodate those in need during Christmas season

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - As the wind picks up and holidays roll through, local homeless shelters are filling up.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - As the wind picks up and holidays roll through, local homeless shelters are filling up.

On a day like this…

Clifford Dixon, Living in a Shelter: "It's tough, but as long as you push through."

One meant to make memories, a day to share with your family.

Dixon: "She's eight weeks and three days."

One to rejoice with your brand new baby.

Dixon: "Glad I started a family"

A day to remember where you come from.

Dixon: "I'm from Gary, Indiana. I moved to Minneapolis when I was 14."

And day to celebrate - even if you're spending it here.

Dixon: "We met here at the shelter."

Clifford moved to Fargo,

Dixon: "A better economy and stuff like that."

Hoping to turn his life around.

Dixon: "I'm not in the streets and I'm not selling drugs no more."

He's not alone. Last night more than 80 people called Churches United their home.

John Roberts, Shelter Operations Director: "It's a painful place for folks to be who are homeless."

And on Christmas day, it's just as full.

Roberts: "Maybe it's the new normal because people are traveling to the Fargo-Moorhead area to find jobs."

Nearly 300 beds in the area,

Roberts: "The guys are hanging out today"

But not a single one to spare.

For Clifford, he hopes this time next Christmas,

Dixon: "In my own house"

He'll be able to offer his.

Along with a warm place to stay, Churches United also offered a Christmas brunch and dinner to anyone who was in need.

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