Rise Up For Homes, a community organization committed to creating an emergency "overflow" shelter for the homeless in New Bedford, has a good start on that project, thanks to WBSM's Quarters for Christmas.

WBSM personalities and members of Rise Up for Homes collected hundreds of dollars on Saturday  during a four-hour stretch at the Dartmouth Mall.

Shoppers were encouraged to make a donation, as little as 26-cents to help with the cause, and many shoppers were eager to help.

Organizers says the emergency shelter is an immediate need in New Bedford.  It will serve those who need shelter in severe weather when other shelters are full.

Thanks to all those who donated on Saturday to help those in need.