Salvation Army of Savannah takes in more guests during cold weekend

savannah-cold-weatherSAVANNAH, GA (January 8, 2016) – When it’s too cold to stay outside, most people spend the day at home, but for many in Savannah, that isn’t always an option. The Salvation Army of Savannah worked hard through the weekend to help those who didn’t have a place to stay, find somewhere warm so they weren’t out on the streets at night.

Temperatures in Savannah dropped into the 20’s this weekend, and staff at the Salvation Army says when the temperature gets below 40 degrees, that’s when they make adjustments to their facility to accommodate as many people as possible.”

“we aren’t going to turn anybody away so it’s important for us to be prepared,” said Major Phil Swyers, commanding officer of the Coastal Empire Salvation Army.

Staff say all 128 beds were filled over the weekend, and when even more came into the shelter, they had to pull out some extra cots to accommodate.

Those staying at the shelter get three meals a day, as well fresh linens, and an area for activities.

“It’s wonderful to know that the salvation army is a place where people can come when they have needs. Last year we provided over 110,00 meals and we also had 40,000 nights of lodging. It’s just mind-blowing to be a part of an organization that’s able to touch the lives of so many people,” Major Swyers said.

The Salvation Army says due to the increase in number of people helped this weekend, they could use some more donations.

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