Shelters fill as temps drop

Shelters fill as temps drop

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Another round of jaw-dropping temperatures will hit south Georgia this morning and will stay through Sunday. It's why some shelters in Albany will be working extra hard to ensure people are left out in the cold.

The Albany Rescue Mission is at full capacity, they have 45 beds that have already been claimed. However, they will be allowing people to stay in their chapel beginning today. 

Temperatures are expected to be below freezing for the next few days which can be a very dangerous situation for people staying outside for extended period of time. 

But office manager James Dewberry says they are equipped to handle the blast of cold. 

"And I'll give them a coat, I've got a stash of them in our attic plus not only that but at our thrift store. And we've got extra blankets, we keep them on hand but we can always use more," Dewberry said. 

That could include warm clothes, winter gear, and/or food donations for the dozens they serve everyday. 

Dewberry says it's during the winter months when they start getting more traffic. 

The organization is self-supporting and can only operate by the generosity of community members. 

Donation drop offs can be handled at their thrift store located off of 616 West Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Albany.

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