Many around Southeastern Ohio seek a way to keep warm in these below zero temperatures.
The Salvation Army is serving as a warming shelter for those in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties. In the week it’s been open a few people have stopped in, including a person who lost power.
"It’s heartbreaking to know that’s somebody is out in the cold or the electric goes out so that’s what we’re here for," said Shelter Manager Karen Walker. "That’s our purpose to help where we can help and that’s the reason we are opened up as a warming station."
There’s no time limit as to how long you stay at the warming station. The office is open until 4:30 p.m. and then the Salvation Army has their soup kitchen and at that point they’ll work with an individual to see what type of help would benefit them.
"There’s no reason to stay out in the cold or be cold and not get a cup of hot coffee and warm up," said Walker. "That’s what we’re here for. Just come in. That’s all we can say."
The Salvation Army is working with the Red Cross to run the warming station. As the temperatures warm later in the week they will assess the need for the station.
The Salvation Army is located at 515 Putnam Avenue.