DAWSON, GA (WALB) - South Georgians bundled up all day as they braved the bitter cold. Folks in Dawson say now is the time to look out for friends and neighbors to make sure they're staying warm.
And if you need a place to go, the city set up a temporary shelter for those in need.
The bitter cold and biting wind sent some Dawson residents, like Joseph Harris, back inside. "I come out in my pajamas to dump the trash out and I said woooooo, and went back in. But the sun came out and it turned out to be a beautiful day," Harris said.
Tomara Clyde, who bundled up, also waited until the sun came out to venture outside. "I stepped to the door and saw the sun was out and when I stepped out there I was like, well it's not that bad.
But the overnight hours is when folks turned up the heat. "They didn't have no heat."
Harris and his wife had two neighbors stay with them overnight.
"They weren't staying in a very good place up the road, but they came by. So they stayed there last night."
The Dawson Police Department set up a temporary shelter for those needing a warm place to stay.
"There are members in the community who may not have a warm place to stay. So it's important, we care about the life and the livelihood of all citizens," Mayor Chris Wright said.
And Harris agrees. "This time of year you've got to care about people and look out for people and praise God that everything like it is."
A time to bundle up and offer a helping hand to those in need. If that temporary shelter at the Dawson Police Department fills up, they'll contact the Terrell County school system for another location.
You can call the Police Department at 229-995-4414.