Church leaders check elderly for cold - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Church leaders check elderly for cold

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Stores gear up for Tax Free Weekend

    Stores gear up for Tax Free Weekend

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:18:42 GMT
    Retail stores in South Georgia are gearing up for the tax free holiday weekend.More >>
    Retail stores in South Georgia are gearing up for the tax free holiday weekend.More >>
  • Shoppers fire up for tax free holiday

    Shoppers fire up for tax free holiday

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:12 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:12:21 GMT
    Calculators, spirals, backpacks...just a few essentials for back-to-school shopping and with a bonus of a tax free holiday, shoppers will be scrambling to snag the best deals. More >>
    Calculators, spirals, backpacks...just a few essentials for back-to-school shopping and with a bonus of a tax free holiday, shoppers will be scrambling to snag the best deals. More >>
  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Community leaders are reaching out to people who could be in danger because of this unusually cold weather. They're asking for your help to make sure the elderly stay warm and safe.

With temperatures expected about 20 tonight, the Albany Rescue Mission is opening up their chapel tonight to house the many homeless they expect to seek a warm place to sleep tonight. Some church leaders are worried about elderly people in the community, living alone, who could be cold in their homes. They are going door to door checking on them.

Pastor David Wilson checks on Mary James, to make sure she has sufficient heat. Rhema Word International Ministries sent out several people today to check on elderly members of their congregation...making sure they are safe.

Bishop Victor Powell said "You'd be surprised how many elderly people will tell you they get no visitors. The family members don't come by or call."

Public health officials say the elderly are often at risk in extreme cold, and community leaders worry that many seniors will not turn their heat up because of money worries. So Rhema Word leaders are visiting many seniors today to check.

Powell said "Just warning them of the cold weather. Dressing up when they go to bed. Double layer, turn your water on so pipes don't freeze. And just reminding them to turn the heat up so it comes on a little bit more often and they are warm."

Mary James has her heat on, and can't imagine why anyone would not.

James said "I don't know, but if they don't they sure are cold."

Rhema Word leaders say they can't reach everyone, so they are asking you to check on the elderly in your neighborhood, and make sure they can stay warm during this extreme cold.

Albany Water Gas and Light is not turning off anyone's power because of the freezing temperatures, to make sure their heat continues even if they can't pay their bill. W.G.and L. officials know that people have died from heat exposure in many years, but they say they have no recorded instance of a person dying from the cold in Albany. They want to make sure that stays true in this week of forecast extreme cold.

The Lowndes County Emergency Management Office has opened a shelter for people because of the cold.

The Mathis City Auditorium opened at six this evening and will stay open until 10 in the morning.

Food is not provided there, and pets are not allowed.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback