Shelters open with arrival of cold weather

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The low overnight temperatures meant high numbers seeking refuge at cold weather shelters across the coast.

The Salvation Army in Gulfport was just one shelter that opened its doors to those in need. A total of 39 people stayed the night, but the maximum capacity of the shelter is 65. With that many guests, volunteers play a key role in providing help for those in need.

"We're here to serve and we would certainly like to have you here if you can make it here," said volunteer Al Mayeu.

"Absolutely it's a personal decision, but I think like what you're doing here to help get the word out will help people realize it's available," said volunteer Roy Deathrage.

The Salvation Army in Gulfport is not the only cold weather shelter available to those who need it. The D'Iberville Civic Center opens its doors to those in need, and the Pascagoula shelter on Nathan Hale Avenue is also available.

The Coast Transportation authority will provide free rides along fixed bus routes to those who need help getting to the shelters.

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