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Shelter opens in Ashburn to keep people warm

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The bitter cold that grips the Southeast is downright dangerous, and in areas where people don't have warm homes, city leaders are stepping up to protect them.

In Turner County, a shelter will be open this weekend to give people protection from subfreezing temperatures.

It may be a small town but the need for help in Ashburn is great.

"We are one of the poorest counties in the state, we have a high unemployment rate we only have a few industries in this town," said city council member Arthur Eld.

With so many people living in sub standard housing, city officials are concerned many people are sleeping without heat.

"We have a lot of people who are cold and freezing in Ashburn, we are a low income community with a lot of poverty and I said to myself a lot of these people need some where to go to stay warm at night," said Eld.

A City council member brought up the idea of opening up a shelter at last nights meeting and right away started working to make it happen.

"We have cots available, blankets we would like some people to bring blankets and pillows with them talked to someone at the school board about having a school kitchen make up some hot soup," said Eld.

Today the fire department set up cots at the Youth Resource Center on South Jefferson Street to accommodate anyone needing a warm place to stay for the night.

"We have made arrangements to feed and even pamper a little bit if we need to, like with baby diapers those sorts of things," said Brian Meadows, Chief of Emergency Services.

"Maybe people wont come but if we keep two or three people warm for the night that really don't have any heat in their homes ill be happy with that," said Eld.

"Its okay to come to the shelter, its okay to need help and we are here to help," said Meadows.

Police officers will be on hand to make sure everything stays as safe as possible.

The shelter will open Friday night at 6:00pm and stay open until 10:00am Saturday morning.

It will be open Saturday and Sunday too.

The shelter is at the Youth Resource Center at 424 South Jefferson Street.

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