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Emergency cold weather shelter opens

Emergency cold weather shelter opens

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Before the temperatures dropped, the Salvation Army on McCallie Avenue welcomed anyone who feared spending the night out in the cold. 

Around 6 p.m. Saturday evening, the line to get inside started to concern many, like Angela Burton. 

Some 75 people showed up within the first hour as volunteers signed-in one person at a time. They only had 40 cots and 50 blankets to hand out.

Burton has been homeless for a year and is having a hard time, living on the streets and navigating around in a foot cast. 

Even though she is down on her luck, Burton says,” it could be a lot worse outdoors tonight.”

Thomas Ward is also thankful to have shelter for the night. Ward says, “if it wasn't for the Salvation Army, I would probably be sleeping under a bridge.”

Pregnant women and young children were also on the list of those needing a warm place to stay.  

The supplies are low. Volunteers will be accepting donations at the McCallie location in Chattanooga on Sunday.

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