Jacksonville, FL - As the First Coast continues to deal with the winter storm system moving through, we're seeing new cold weather shelters opening up to help keep families warm and safe.
In Baker County, the Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital at 159 N 3rd St in Macclenny opens at 3PM Wednesday. The Raiford Road Church at 9201 South SR 121 in Macclenny opens at 2PM Wednesday. For both locations, you should bring identification, blankets, snacks, and other items.
In Nassau County, Hilliard Middle-Senior High opens as a shelter at 4PM. You’re asked to bring bed linen, medication, food, and anything else you may need for the night.
In Duval, there are a few different shelter options:
-The Salvation Army’s cold night shelter at 900 W. Adams Street is open through Friday. An additional shelter is open at 15 E. Church St, but it only accommodates men overnight.
-The City Rescue Mission’s cold weather shelter on 234 W. State street is open. Guests can check into the shelter at 2:30 p.m. daily and check out at 10:30 the next morning or until temperatures climb above 40 degrees.
-The Sulzbacher Center at 611 E. Adams Street is open.
As many individuals are taking advantage of these shelters, the Salvation Army says it's in need of both volunteers and donations.
Grateful for the folks serving the homeless. They had over 870 people in cold weather shelters last night.— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) January 3, 2018
Major Bert Tanner, Area Commander of the Salvation Army North Florida, says if you are interested in volunteering, they're in specific need of volunteers to be watchers overnight at the shelters and to help with feeding.
As for donations, Tanner says they're in great need of socks, hats, gloves, as well as food.
If you have donations, you can drop off the items at the Salvation Army shelter locations.