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 By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  It's cold enough to kill people who don't have a warm place to sleep. One church family is reaching out to people in need to keep them safe during harsh winter weather throughout South Georgia.

Freddy Hadley is the first person to enjoy warmth church members have given him freely. Volunteers from Greater Newton Grove Baptist Church set up several beds and cranked up the heat.

"It's amazing and I've very thankful," Hadley said.

Hadley says he walks roughly 10 miles a day, sometimes without food. 

"It's hard eating garbage and it's nice I have a place to come," Hadley said.

It's here he made a pb&j and enjoyed some juice. Volunteers donated food, blankets, towels, and toiletries, along with many other items to help people like Hadley.

Pastor's assistant, Tanya Monts, says the wintry weather called for an emergency outreach.

"It's cold and humane and it's important to let people if they need help we're here," Monts said.

 " People shouldn't depend on defax and welfare," said Pastor Cornelius Ponder. "God has given us authority to be caretakers of the community."

Adults and children bundle up, pile into the church van, and head out on the streets of Moultrie to bring in people just like Hadley who need a warm place to sleep and a shoulder to lean on.

This is the first year Greater Newton Baptist Grove Church has opened a shelter. Just a little while ago, they told us there were two people at the shelter so far. Members say they will keep the shelter open as long as the severe cold lasts. 

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