Salvation Army prepares to shelter more men

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - With the temperatures getting into the teens, the Salvation Army Men's Shelter is preparing to take more men in.

"We are actually making more room than what we actually have to hold guests and to house guests,” says Daytime Lodge Manager at the shelter, Anthony Kirkland.

The shelter is letting men come and stay, even if they do not have the normal paper work that is needed.

"We are not following the same guidelines to do intake and receive guests that we would normally do because we understand it is cold and we don't want people sleeping outside,” mentions Kirkland.

There is limited space in the shelter, but the Salvation Army will make sure those looking to get out of the cold have a place to go.

"If we cannot and are not able to house as many as we would like to, we will make referrals or we will try to find you other places to stay,” explains Kirkland.

Kirkland says he feels like the Salvation Army does what it can to make guests stay safe and warm.

"You know, it hurts bad to see people having to sleep outside. We feel like on our part, we can make it better for people to feel safe and feel warm, and have something to eat throughout the day by giving them a place to stay here at the Salvation Army,” says Kirkland.

If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army you can donate blankets, pillows, mattresses, toiletry items and clothing.