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Emergency warming shelters open across western Carolinas

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The Salvation Army fed breakfast to more than 100 people who sought warmth at the shelter Tuesday morning. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Salvation Army fed breakfast to more than 100 people who sought warmth at the shelter Tuesday morning. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Beds set up at The Salvation Army's shelter. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina) Beds set up at The Salvation Army's shelter. (Jan. 7, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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In response to the potential record-breaking cold temperatures, officials in several Upstate counties have opened warming shelters.

Abbeville County

In Abbeville, a shelter will open at the Abbeville Civic Center from 7 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. The civic center is located at 404 North Main St.

In Calhoun Falls, a shelter will open at the Calhoun Falls Civic Center from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. The civic center is located at 401 N. Washington St.

Abbeville County officials said the shelters will not be open to pets but they will work with residents on a case-by-case emergency basis.

Anderson County

The Anderson County Civic Center opened Monday at 6 p.m. as an emergency shelter. The shelter may also open on Tuesday and/or Wednesday night, if officials determine it is needed.

The civic center is located at 3027 MLK Jr. Blvd. and pets are welcome.

Greenville County

Through the work of the Baptist Ministers of Greenville and Vicinity, Pastors United for Action, 107.3 JAMZ and the Upstate Homeless Coalition of SHARE, groups will transport homeless from Tent City to either Miracle Hill shelter for men or Shepherd's Gate for women Monday night because of the cold weather.

The Phillis Wheatley upper building as well as Nicholtown Baptist Church have also been made available to house homeless families, as well as families without heat, or the homeless who are living in their cars, as shelters Monday night.

Greenville County Rec will open the Sterling Community Center as a warming shelter on Monday night. The shelter will be open from 6:30 p.m. on Monday to 10 a.m. on Tuesday. A representative of the recreation department said the center will not be able to provide bedding or blankets to those who come in, but they will have a heated place for people to stay.

People wanting to donate items for the shelters can bring blankets, coats, gloves, sleeping bags, mobile cots, air mattresses, etc. to Victory Temple Monday between 8 and 9 p.m. or at the SHARE (North Main Office) at 614 N. Main St. in Greenville.

The Salvation Army of Greenville County said they were prepared to shelter 140 people on Monday night. They said their local corporate partners are also providing shelter for families in the area. At 9 p.m. on Monday they said they had 48 men and 3 women taking advantage of their Cold Wet Weather Facilities and their shelters were full.

They are located at 417 Rutherford Rd. Anyone wanting to help can donate $10 to The Salvation Army, which will provide shelter and three meals for one person, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The Put Down The Guns Young People Organization will be paying for free breakfast for any homeless person Tuesday from 7-8 a.m. at the McDonalds on Augusta Road.

Henderson & Transylvania County

The Red Cross opened a shelter at 203 2nd Avenue East in Hendersonville on Tuesday. For more information call 828-258-3888.

Laurens County

Laurens County Emergency Management officials opened several warming shelters to help those in need Tuesday morning. The shelters are for citizens who are without heat during the coldest part of the day or night. Anyone in need of transportation to a shelter can call 911 or 864-984-2523.

The following shelters opened Monday at 6 p.m. and will remain open for 48 hours:

  • Clinton Public Safety at 404 N. Broad St. 
  • Laurens City Fire Department at 411 Mills St. 
  • Laurens County Fire Department at 94 Ranch Rd. in Laurens.
  • Laurens City Police Department at 250 W. Laurens St. 

Oconee County

Oconee County Emergency Services opened a warming shelter at Saint Marks Methodist Church at 616 Quincy Rd. in Seneca Tuesday for anyone needing to get in out of the cold.

Polk County

The Red Cross opened a warming shelter at 231 Ward St. in Columbus at 7 p.m. on Monday and will stay open as long as warm shelter is needed, the Red Cross said.

Spartanburg County

Spartanburg County Emergency Management is hosting a shelter for the homeless and those in need of a place to get warm at Restoration Church, which is located at 6655 Pottery Rd. in Spartanburg.

Anyone in need of a place to stay warm for the night can come back in at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The shelter was also open Monday night.

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