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You can help the Salvation Army assist the homeless

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Salvation Army is preparing for the cold and freezing temperatures coming in the next few days.

Officials with the Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition say there's about 169 men, women and children without homes in our area. That means with each cold snap that comes in those people are looking for a place to get warm.

Shelters around the counties are preparing for those numbers over the next few days as freezing temperatures are expected Saturday. Salvation Army officers say it's vital they get those in need off the streets. The freezing temperatures could be dangerous to their health.

"It's not a good idea to be outside and so we try to reach out to make sure that everybody is going to be safe," said Major Kelly English, Albany Salvation Army officer.

The Salvation army is preparing extra cots. They'll also be preparing more food for their soup kitchens. As the organization is heading into the busiest time of year, the Salvation army can always use donations, looking for practical, day-to-day items in new or barely used condition to meet their needs.

"We prefer new and that really is kind of a dignity issue. and or gently used, that way, we don't want to have to wash it. We want to be able to put it directly in those hands," said Major English.

The Salvation Army says they need practical items for donation:

  • Twin sheets
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Soaps
  • Towels
  • Coats
  • Underwear

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