With temperatures falling below freezing for a few days, the number of homeless people needing help goes up — and area shelters are in need of supplies.
Organizers say your donations are vital to getting people off of the streets, even if only for a few hours.
“It means I will be able to put a hot meal on the table,” said Old Savannah City Mission’s chef, Greg, who was homeless himself for nearly 30 years.
“It means that whoever comes in, they aren’t going to be hungry. They aren’t going to be cold if they don’t want to be,” he added.
The Old Savannah City Mission is asking for dinner and breakfast foods, including ground beef, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, buns, eggs, bacon, sausage and grits.
Coats, blankets and personal hygiene items like soap and deodorant are needed as well.
Items can be dropped off any time at the 2414 Bull St. location (across from Back in the Day Bakery).
The bedroom upstairs at the Old Savannah City Mission has room for 40 people and 40 more cots and blankets will be laid out to fill the incredible need.
The Inner City Night Shelter is in need of lunch food and serveware. They expect to be helping 50 people staying inside during the day.
Preferred supplies include bowls, cups, plates, utensils, packets of Ramen Noodles/Cup o’ Noodle, coffee and hot chocolate, but the shelter will take other food that is donated.
Supplies can be dropped off at 124 Arnold Street (between President and Broughton streets, just east of East Broad Street).
Storm Team 3 says a Freeze Warning goes into effect Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 20s and low 30s. The cold continues on Wednesday night with lows dipping below freezing.
The Salvation Army is gearing up to house 140 people overnight with cots in the hallways. The organization is asking for toiletries and items to keep people warm.
Items needed include blankets, toilet paper, facial tissue, feminine hygiene products, adult diapers, shampoo, soap, deodorant, gloves, hats and scarves. They could also use hot chocolate packets and canned goods.
Donations can be dropped off from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the 3100 Montgomery Street location. Sunday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Storm Team 3 says a Freeze Warning goes into effect Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 20s and low 30s.
“If you haven’t experienced that level of cold, I don’t think people can imagine,” said Reginald Lee, Old Savannah City Mission’s Director of Programs. “Because most people think why don’t you just come out of the cold? Well, it’s much more complicated than that because of the mental health challenges people face in our community.”
The cold continues on Wednesday night with lows dipping below freezing. Temperatures are expected to reach the 70s by the weekend.