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Lower temps bring more visitors to Salvation Army's 'warming center'

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Temperatures in and around the Sioux Falls area are expected to drop overnight bringing one of the coldest days in a year.

While many of us can curl up by the fire and enjoy the indoors, dozens will be outside to brave the cold.

You can feel just how cold it is, even if you're only out for a few minutes or so to hop in your car, then turn the heat on and go.

But imagine if you had nowhere to go,  no place to call home to rest your head and your feet.

From 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., the Salvation Army offers a warm place to sleep at night for those who need it.

And with these cold temperatures, Major Thomas Riggs tells us they are seeing more people than they expected.

"When we opened up our warming site on December 1st, we had planned for forty people. we're having upwards of sixty, sixty-five people now so we've already had an increase. We're able to hold probably up to seventy people. With the colder weather, I anticipate we'll have more people come by," Major Riggs said.

"People are still trying to make it on their own, staying in a car or whatever but when it gets down to minus-10 or minus-20 wind chill, it's just too cold to stay outside, so it's best they come to one of the shelters," Major Riggs added.

Major Riggs tells us many of the people who come to the warming center have jobs so they just need a place to sleep at night.

And if you would like to donate, Major Riggs said they could use blankets and volunteers.

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