ORLANDO, Fla. — With the recent cold snap, the Salvation Army of Orlando is the latest agency in urgent need of donated blankets, coats, and other necessities.
An average of 100 people per night over the past nine days has sought shelter at the Salvation Army's two facilities, setting records and depleting supplies, the organization said Wednesday.
The facilities open when temperatures drop below 50 degrees.
The Salvation Army is seeking donations. They're in need of:
- Toilet paper
Items can be dropped off at 400 West Colonial Drive, Orlando. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.
The Sheltering Tree in Flagler County is also in desperate need of supplies. They need donations of long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, scarves, new socks, underwear, and sturdy shoes in all sizes. They also need toiletries and hygiene products.
Cold weather shelters open
Several other facilities around Central Florida have opened their doors as cold weather shelters.
The Trinity Assembly of God, 200 Urick St., Fruitland Park, will be open to those seeking shelter from 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. If you're in Leesburg, Lake County Transit will pick up residents between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. from the Come As You Are Ministry at 1344 Griffin Road, or call 352-742-2612 before 5 p.m.
The Sheltering Tree is the only cold weather shelter in the county. It will be open through Wednesday night at the First United Methodist Church of Bunnell. It opens at 5:30 p.m.