Salvation Army responds to cold with extra beds

The Salvation Army of Cabarrus and Stanly counties is responding to this week’s bitterly cold nights by adding extra beds for those without homes.

Agency officials said 50 beds will be opened in the fellowship hall of the Salvation Army facility at 216 Patterson Ave. in Concord. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Inclement Weather Emergency Shelter program is to open to anyone whenever the temperature drops below 32 degrees. It also offers meals. So far this year, it has been open 19 nights and has sheltered 208 people, officials said.

The program is separate from the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Concord, which is a 28-bed facility for men, women and families on the same property.

“Our goal is to make sure that any man, woman or child who needs a safe, warm place out of the cold finds it at The Salvation Army,” said Maj. Johnny Poole, commanding officer of the Salvation Army of Cabarrus and Stanly counties.

“The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of providing comfort to people in their time of greatest need. We must do our part to help alleviate suffering in the name of Jesus.”

Community donations of new pillows, new or gently used blankets and sheets, paper products, food and laundry detergent are sought. They may be delivered to the Salvation Army 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, or to the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Concord, 1-8 p.m. daily.

Monetary donations are also needed to help pay for additional staffing, building maintenance and electricity. Donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 216 Patterson Ave., Concord, NC 28025. Please note Inclement Weather Shelter in the memo line.

Details: 704-782-7822.