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Salvation Army warming center helps homeless on a cold night

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Staying out of the cold is not easy for some who don't have a choice of where they are going to sleep tonight.

It's hard to imagine for most of us the idea of sleeping outside in the cold, let alone on a night like this...

But having a warm place to rest your head and your feet on a cold night is a challenge for some.

The Salvation Army opened its winter warming center on December 1st to help those in need of finding a warm bed to sleep in at night.

For the most part, we've had relatively mild weather up until now.

Major Betty Bender of the Salvation Army says they are prepared for days like this.

"It's kind hard to know when the weather is going to turn. the beginning of the week it could be thirty and today it's really quite cold. once we get the staff on board, we like to stay open so we're not... it's hard for people to know whether we're open or not otherwise. most of them are walking where they go. so it would be very difficult for us, just because it was a few degrees warmer to be closed," Major Bender said.

The Salvation Army's warming center is available to anyone who needs a place to sleep.  They offer cots and blankets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The center will stay open to help those stay out of the cold through April.

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