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Salvation Army offers warm place during cold weather

As cold temperatures sweep through South Georgia, several people are looking for a place to stay warm. As cold temperatures sweep through South Georgia, several people are looking for a place to stay warm.
The winter season is a busy time of year for the Salvation Army. The winter season is a busy time of year for the Salvation Army.
The Owner of DJ's says they're glad to get some relief from the heat. The Owner of DJ's says they're glad to get some relief from the heat.
DJ's Owner Jeff Wiggins DJ's Owner Jeff Wiggins
Major Kelly English Major Kelly English
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Cold weather is back in south Georgia, and while some people are glad it's here, others don't have a warm place to sleep. But organizations like the Salvation Army are there to help.

Despite the cold, people are still out getting their cars washed. The Owner of DJ's says they're glad to get some relief from the heat.

"We didn't think the cold weather was ever going to get here, so were glad to kind of get a break from the heat," said DJ's Owner Jeff Wiggins.

When it gets cold, however, they take a few extra precautions.

"We put heaters in the tunnel to keep the cloth from heating up, and then during the day we burn waste oil, and heat the water up in the car wash," said Wiggins.

But while some are enjoy seeing cooler temperatures, those who have no where to stay are looking for a place to escape the cold weather. 

The winter season is a busy time of year for the Salvation Army.

Major Kelly English said that the shelter has been full the last few nights and they want people in need to know they have a place to go. 

"When we drop below freezing we are always concerned about people who don't have another place to stay," said Major English.

Major English said they've been at full capacity for several nights now. It has 47 beds available, and during the day it's Hope Center serves as a warm place to drink coffee and do laundry. 

"A place for people to come in and they can get out of the cold and they can do things like wash clothing if that's needed," explained Major English.

And they encourage those in need to come by if they need a place to stay.

The Salvation Army will start serving dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night and intake at the shelter will start at 7 p.m.

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