Warming shelter welcomes dozens in from cold

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- More than 40 homeless people spent the night at an emergency warming center in uptown as temperatures dropped into the low 20s

Mecklenburg County’s Emergency Management Department made the decision to open the warming center Friday after the temperatures dipped. A warming center allowed people a place to avoid the cold weather. The center differs from shelters where people can sleep, but beverages and refreshments are given. Also, the center is held at the Hal Marshal center and has a bathroom.

"It's important to have somewhere for everyone to go," said Jennifer Franklin, Regional Communications Director of the American Red Cross. “It's dangerous out there so we are happy to help anyone in need."

This is the second time this year that Mecklenburg County has opened a warming center for the areas homeless.
 

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