Cold weather emergency shelters opened

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville Salvation Army has been readying to make more room for people who are trying to escape the cold.

“We don’t want people dying of hypothermia,” said Major Pete Costas.

salvation-army-twitterIn addition to the more than 100 people in their program, they’ve set up cots in an emergency shelter, along with food, socks, and other items that have been donated.

“We’re short on blankets and sleeping bags right now because we give them away throughout the year – throughout the whole winter season,” he said.

That’s where the community can help. The Salvation Army is asking for donations like socks, caps, earmuffs, gloves, mittens, coats, blankets, and heaters.

“It’s really easy for the community to get involved in rescuing people by providing those simple things that will keep people safe and keep them warm,” Costas said.

The shelter opened at 9:00 p.m. Friday and closes at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. It has the same hours for Saturday into Sunday and will re-open Sunday night if the temperature dips below freezing once again.

The Homeless Coalition has issued a ‘Code Purple’ in Asheville from Dec. 8-10, as various organizations offer emergency cold weather services.



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