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Salvation Army opens doors as temperatures drop Friday and Saturday

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - As the temperature outside drops, the number of people inside this room rises.

“We've seen a need and The Salvation Army is ready to meet that need,” Salvation Army Captain Aaron Goldfarb said.

They're here to get out of the cold as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Friday and Saturday nights. Goldfarb says this is the only warming shelter in town.

“This is a commitment we made to the community and other partnering agencies for housing that whenever it gets below 32 degrees, the Salvation Army has promised to open up our facility as a warming shelter,” he said.

About 70 people are expected to show up which can cost the organization about $1,000 just for one night and is why Goldfarb is asking the community to pitch in.

“The Salvation Army receives no regular funding for overnight shelters so we're asking the community to help us out monetarily to provide for these people to sleep,” he said.

And give these men and women not just a place to stay, but a warmer heart as well.

Doors at the Salvation Army located at 800 McCallie Avenue will open Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.

It's also important to remember those that will need help paying their utility bills as well. Monetary donations can be made online by clicking HERE or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army. In January and February The Salvation Army had on average 171 families that came for utility assistance whose needs were not met due to lack of funds.

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