Freddie Freeman pledges several donations toward coronavirus relief

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won’t step up to the plate for the foreseeable future, but he did step up in helping his community on Wednesday.

Freeman pledged to donate $50,000 to the Atlanta Food Bank, $50,000 to Giving Kitchen and $25,000 to the Salvation Army in an effort to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Salvation Army closing Augusta Kroc Center, family stores

The Salvation Army of Augusta will be closing the Kroc Center and both Family Stores beginning Wednesday.

A news release states that it hopes to reopen them April 1. The decision to temporarily close follows the recommendation provided by local health officials.

“During this brief pause, The Salvation Army will be working hard to deep clean and sanitize their facilities to ensure a great reopening,” the release states. “This will ensure steady work and no lapse in income for The Salvation Army’s faithful team members.”

The Salvation Army of Augusta is currently in need of…

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The Salvation Army of Augusta COVID19 Response

The Salvation Army of Augusta and its state headquarters are continuing to monitor the coronavirus (COVID19) situation and work with local authorities. The Center of Hope, The Salvation Army of Augusta’s emergency shelter, has implemented its Community Emergency Protocol and will remain open to serve those in need. Shelter guests will receive daily extensions at the Center of Hope until the end of the crisis. All other shelter policies are still in effect. Shelter guests who are ill must seek medical attention before being checked in. Appropriate documentation must be presented for reentry into the shelter. Walk-in hours are suspended until further notice. Shelter fees will be waived through the end of March.

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Augusta Kroc Center closes community center, implementing emergency protocols

The Salvation Army Kroc Center will close its community center and will be open to members only.

The membership side of Kroc Center will close at 6 p.m every night for deep cleaning, according to a statement issued by Salvation Army spokesman Chris Bailey. The Kroc Center will be disinfected from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

All group classes have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

These measures by the Salvation Army are in defense against potential coronavirus infections…

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Savannah’s homeless shelters work to keep COVID-19 at bay

At the Salvation Army’s shelter, 3100 Montgomery St., Linda James, director of the Center of Hope there, said Friday the shelter has a capacity of 116 beds with 40 for the transient population. Twenty-seven beds were open there on Friday, March 13

There a transient homeless person can stay for up to 90 days with an assessment within the first 48 hours and a case plan for each individual, she said.

At Old Savannah City Mission shelter, 2414 Bull St., Connell Stiles, director of development, said Friday the shelter has the capacity of 93 beds with 40 open to the transient homeless population.

“We still have space,” Stiles said, adding that individuals in those beds can stay for seven days, then must be out for 30 before returning.

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