Salvation Army of Jonesboro, open 24 hours during Winter Weather
JONESBORO,AR- With wintery mix coming in, brings cold weather a big problem for the homeless community.
The Salvation Army of Jonesboro in the last few week has had their warming center open for a day or two because of cold weather, but it will be open 24 hours.
“When you get into extreme measures with this type of weather, you have to take extreme measures to meet the needs that are there and that’s exactly what our staff is doing,” Salvation Army, Major Jim Lawrence said.
Temperatures this week are dipping down into the low to upper teens.
Starting this morning until next Sunday the 14, the warming center will be open 24 hours for those needing shelter from the weather.
Lawrence says it will be extended if needed.
“I can't take the chance of someone in our city, dying of hypothermia where we have a place for them to come in and get warm. I would ask that the public, our police, sheriff's office, the mayors' office, if they run across someone that needs that, please get them to the salvation army so they can get adequate heat,” Major Lawrence said.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, everyone entering is required to wear a mask.
They are accepting donations like bottled water, pre-packaged snacks, blankets, toilet paper, paper towels, hygiene items, toboggins, socks, hats, and gloves.
Major Lawrence says no matter what they will not turn anyone away.
“This is the first time; I’ve had one to be open 24 hours because of extreme weather. So, I just ask the community to join us and making sure that our citizens in this community are safe during this cold spell,” Major Lawrence said.
Any donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army of Jonesboro or you can contact them for more information.