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The Salvation Army Opens Doors amid Freezing Temperatures

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The Salvation Army Opens Doors amid Freezing Temperatures


As Texas braces itself for the coldest weather to hit the State in twenty years The Salvation Army is ready to provide assistance and shelter.


Salvation Army shelters will remain open 24 hours a day and are ready with extra cots, air mattresses and blankets to accommodate extra demand for beds. In addition to the shelters, Salvation Army church buildings are also being used as “warming centers” and additional overflow housing for the homeless and stranded travelers.


It is anticipated that The Salvation Army in Texas will provide shelter to more than 2,000 individuals nightly as the temperatures are expected to drop well below 32 degrees on Thursday and Friday evening this week.


No-one will be turned away from Salvation Army facilities as long as the temperature remains below freezing.


The Salvation Army have over forty Mobile Feeding Units across the State ready to be deployed specifically targeting areas known for homelessness, fully stocked with hot food and drinks.


In some cases these units will also have blankets, socks, hats and gloves available for those in need.


Donations of blankets, coats and heaters are needed and local Salvation Army units will be prepared to accept such items.


For local Emergency Assistance information people can call 211. This will include information about local shelters and relief information.


People are reminded to leave faucets dripping during freezing temperatures to avoid pipes freezing.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for at-risk children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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