Salvation Army opens cold weather shelter in Upstate

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — The Salvation Army of Greenville is opening an emergency cold weather shelter today and needs sleeping bags and electric heaters.

The shelter is open from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday and will stay open on nights when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

People who say at the shelter will receive a sleeping bag to use and keep.

Along with a shelter for the homeless, help is also being provided to families in need. The Salvation Army is giving electric heaters to applicants over age 55, families with a child younger than 5, and the disabled.

The organization said in a news release that it urgently needs donations of sleeping bags and electric heaters to provide those in need with a means of warmth for the upcoming winter season.

Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army main office at 417 Rutherford Street in Greenville.

“If an individual or family is in a situation where they are not able to keep warm in the frigid temperatures, we want them to come here,” Major Pete Costas said in a statement. “We are asking the community to please donate electric heaters and sleeping bags to help meet this need.”

In addition to the emergency cold weather shelter, the Salvation Army of Greenville provides 130 beds for the homeless 365 days a year in the Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Men’s Shelter, and Men’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center (CSRC) at 417 Rutherford Street.

The ministry says people can also help with crisis assistance by donating $20 that will be used to help 
provide a night of shelter and three meals for one person.  To donate, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, 864-235-4803, mail your gift to P. O. Box 1237, Greenville, SC  29602 or make a 
donation online at www.salvationarmygreenville.org.

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