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Emergency Shelter Prepared

One group just opened up more room to help those with nowhere to go during this deep freeze.

ABCCM opened their doors to everyone on Coxe Avenue Monday afternoon, starting at 4pm.

During dangerous cold spells local organizations go into Code Purple, opening their doors in sub-freezing conditions to an overflow crowd.

By mid-day Monday, ABCCM was among the groups cushioning the blow of another winter blast.

The organization took classroom space and converted it into a sleeping area at 207 Coxe Avenue to help accommodate those who need out of the cold.

Scott Rogers, ABCCM Executive Director, "we can fit about 40 mattresses in this space and 20 in the space next to us. We'll have space for men and women so they can be separate and safe."

Severe weather takes its toll in different ways.  Executive director Scott Rogers says the cold snaps have a huge impact on the non-profit's finances.  To the tune of $1,000 a night for emergency shelter, "this stretches all of our resources, we're all spending overtime. Of course, the cost of more food, lights and heat."

Every donation is vital and Susie Shaw's timing, is good, "well I think it's always good to share when we have extra."

Part of a community effort, to make sure no one's left out.

The Red Cross says it's on alert but at this point has no plans to open an emergency shelter.


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