With temperatures dipping into the mid-20s in Little Rock on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, The Salvation Army is preparing for a larger than normal group seeking shelter.
The organization has a 69-bed shelter located at 1111 West Markham that will be open, as conditions can be very dangerous for someone who has to sleep outside.
Salvation Army Spokeswoman Kathy Barbeire says the shelter accepts people on a first come, first serve basis.
She says there are people who sleep in a homeless camp a few blocks away from the shelter. They try to help those people as well.
“They will come to us requesting extra thick socks, shoes, and blankets. When they come to us, we do our best to fill those needs,” Barbeire said.
She says there are organizations that donate items to them, but they welcome donations from everyone.
“We have churches that will bring us little packages with personal care items and we hand those out as we have them. This time of year, we need anything we can get to help these people stay warm,” Barbeire said.
For more information about donating items to the Salvation Army, go to salvationarmycentralarkansas.org.