Valdosta Daily Times

January 30, 2014

Salvation Army offers storm shelter

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Salvation Army emergency shelter housed 10 people Tuesday night, giving them shelter from the near-freezing constant rain.

“Once it gets to that point, we have an open-door policy,” said shelter manager Ed Bivins.

On average, the shelter holds nine people a night in winter, but is capable of holding more in emergencies.

Bivins and the shelter were aided both by the City of Valdosta and local citizens. The city donated blankets and supplies; citizens brought sleeping bags and air mattresses.

With temperatures Wednesday night forecast to dip below freezing, Bivins opened the shelter early Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

For citizens interested in helping the shelter, Bivins said that it could use hygiene donations: soap, toothbrushes,

deodorant and other hygiene items.