Finding warmth this winter

 Salvation Army warming centers offer shelter from the freezing cold.

A roof, cot, and blanket might not look like much, but The Salvation Army’s warming centers can be the difference between life and death for some around the country as forecasters report deadly wind chills and sub-zero degree overnight temperatures.

Major Thomas Riggs of Sioux Falls, S.D., told Keloland TV that those who are seeking a break from the elements range in age from teenagers to seniors. The centers attract many homeless guests, but Riggs said that’s not always the case.

“Some of the people who are staying here are working, but because they’re working a minimum wage job, they’re unable to maintain their apartment or they’re temporarily displaced,” Riggs said. “So we provide an opportunity for them to be out of the cold.”

Yet, as with any Salvation Army facility, the warming centers function with a bigger purpose in mind. Major Abe Tamayo told Nebraska Central News that people come to the Army’s warming center in Hastings, Neb., for more than just shelter.

“Some people just come in for a while to sit down, enjoy some company and warm up,” he said.

Warming centers are currently open in many locations across the country, providing blankets, cots, food and beverage

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