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Shelters open up to Albany's homeless

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Melissa Rutlegde. Melissa Rutlegde.

One by one Monday evening South Georgians without a home came to the Salvation Army to get away from the freezing temperatures, and they were even served a hot nutritious meal to start off the night.  

"Chicken pot pie with mized fruits as desert," said Mary Sumbry, cook.

"Oh yes I'm thankful for a hot meal tonight, yes I am," said Eugene Harris.   After dinner, it was time for some of these South Georgians to pick out a bed and get comfy for tonight.   Melissa Rutledge has come to the Salvation Army many times before.  She's used up her allotted nights, but tonight the Salvation Army isn't turning people in need away, that's something Melissa is thankful for.  

"I am grateful I am here tonight, I'm proud of being here and even if it wasn't a whole night, I would still be grateful," said Melissa Rutledge.  

Jeanar Baltimore is a night monitor here at the Salvation Army; she is glad that the organization she works for has opened up their doors to all who are in need.  

"It feels good to get them out of the cold, out of the danger, it's going to be 17 degrees tonight so to get them into a nice warm bed and shower that feels good," said Jeanar Baltimore, night monitor.  

Melissa Rutledge tells me that one day she hopes to have her own bed to lay on.  

"I keep praying to God to guide me day by day to get me a place so I wouldn't have to come back here" said Rutledge.  

But tonight, she's glad the Salvation Army is here for her.   The Salvation Army is always looking for donations. They hope you will get involved and help those who are in need. If you want to donate clothes, blankets, food, or money, you can do so by visiting

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