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Overcrowded family shelter seeks donated play pens to free up beds

A young boy plays a game on his bunk in a family dorm at the Center of Hope. The Salvation Army shelter is seeking donated play pens for babies so tenants don’t have to sleep doubled up at night.
A young boy plays a game on his bunk in a family dorm at the Center of Hope. The Salvation Army shelter is seeking donated play pens for babies so tenants don’t have to sleep doubled up at night. THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

The overcrowded Salvation Army Center of Hope shelter for women and children has an urgent need of portable play pens for babies, so beds can be made available for older children and mothers.

There are 381 people in the shelter and only 340 beds. As a result, some mothers and children are doubled up in beds at night, to prevent people from having to sleep on the floor.

Homeless numbers for adults in Charlotte have been going down in recent years, but the category of homeless families has ticked up, keeping the shelter over capacity.

In addition to portable Pack ’n Play play pens, the Center of Hope is asking for donations of twin sheets, towels, washcloths, diapers and baby wipes. (The center does not have space for full cribs.)

Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Center of Hope front desk anytime. The shelter is located at 534 Spratt Street, near the intersection of Statesville Road and Graham Street.

Salvation Army details: 704-348-2560.

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