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Offering Assistance to Homeless Men, Women and Children During Cold Spell

St. Louis, Mo., December 30, 2014 – With temperatures expected to plummet to 20 degrees or colder tonight and tomorrow, The Salvation Army has joined forces with the City of St. Louis and other social service agencies to provide assistance to unsheltered homeless men, women and children.

The Salvation Army will provide all evening meals as well as cots and blankets to individuals seeking assistance and shelter at the Emergency Cold Weather Overflow Shelter opened by the City of St. Louis. The shelter, located at the 12th and Park Rec Center, will be open Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday, December 31st from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to accommodate unsheltered homeless men, women, and children.

In addition, Salvation Army Community Centers, also known as Corps, will serve as warming stations when wind chill is expected to -15 degrees or less or the air temperature is 15 degrees. The list includes, but is not limited to Salvation Army Corps located in St. Louis (Temple Corps, Family Haven) Alton, Granite City, East St. Louis, Arnold, Cape Girardeau, Joplin, Jefferson City, Columbia and Springfield.

Last year, The Salvation Army provided 35,719 meals to hungry men, women and children, 93,248 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 35,533 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 54,096 Christmas toys and gifts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Across Missouri and Southern Illinois, The Salvation Army provided 453,502 meals to hungry men, women and children, 178,715 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 94,985 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 139,779 Christmas toys and gifts.

Donations stay local, and 86 cents of every donated dollar goes directly into programming.  People may donate: • By mail: send checks to 1130 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139 • By credit card, over the phone, toll-free, at: 1-800-SAL-ARMY • By credit card, on the internet, at: www.stlsalvationarmy.org or via text by texting “TREEOFLIGHTS” (all one word) to 41444.

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About the City of St. Louis Overflow Shelter:

The City of St. Louis provides the Overflow Shelter as part of a cooperative project, supported by The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, the Bridge, Metro, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Americorps, City of St. Louis Fire Department, St. Louis Winter Outreach Team, and Windsor Transitional House.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org