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Homeless pack shelter to escape frigid weather

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The temperatures are dropping down to the low 20's across South Georgia. That of course makes many people want to run inside to the comforts of home.

But not everyone has it that easy. Many don't have the luxury of a heated home because they're homeless.

Some people at the Salvation Army would be sleeping on the cold ground tonight if it weren't for some kind souls who reach out to them.

With temperatures dipping well below freezing, dozens of people are taking advantage of a warm meal and cozy place to sleep inside.

Shelter monitor Greg Whitner says all the 30 men's beds and 10 women's beds are full for the night.

"We've had full nights over the past few weeks with temperatures down," Whitner said. We encourage people who need a place to stay to come on down."

"It's wonderful. Thank God and these people for doing this," said Louis Lawson who is living temporarily at the shelter. "Without them I could not make it"

The Salvation Army gives people like Lawson two weeks of free lodging and meals before they have a chance go out on their own.

Unlike most everyone at the shelter, Marvin Ross didn't come necessarily to escape the frigid weather.

" I love the cold," he said.

But he did show up like he has the past several years to enjoy some home cooking and fellowship.

" I enjoy coming here visiting with all my friends," Ross said. "Those people-I'll never forget them."

It's selfless hearts inside the Salvation Army that warm the souls of men and women inside. Salvation Army staff say they conduct several screenings before they accept people into their shelter.

Right now they do have an opening for a family looking for a place to stay. The shelter is located on West 2nd Avenue.

The Salvation Army also offers a 30 day extension for people under special circumstances.

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