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Charleston, Huntington Shelters Open Doors To Anyone In Need During Bitter Cold
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jan. 23, 2013 7:23 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 23, 2013 9:14 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Local homeless shelters are helping those who need a place to get warm while the temperatures are so bitterly cold.
The doors are open at the Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center in Charleston, for anyone who needs a warm place to go.
The director of the shelter, Alex Alston, said the shelter's 60 beds are usually at capacity, but it does not turn anyone away, even if it means setting up an extra cot on the floor.
"During this time of year, we see a lot of people wanting to come in earlier during the evening, but they just want a warm meal and we are going to make room for them," said Alston.
The shelter is located at 505 Leon Sullivan Way in Charleston and can be reached by phone at
In Huntington when the weather dips down to dangerously low temperatures, the city mission also opens its doors for the less fortunate to find refuge.
The white flag is raised when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. That's when the people in need can come in to get warm and have a hot meal. The city mission will keep the flag flying as long as the temperatures are low and it has the space available.
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