HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The temperatures continue to rise this week across the Tennessee Valley, but folks living on the streets are desperate for places to cool off. One location ready for the demand is the Salvation Army off Seminole Drive.
The Salvation Army’s Cooling Station provides a place of relief for the homeless, people without air conditioning, and those whose jobs require them to work outside.
Kevin Free, the director of the shelter said the heat increase is expected to spike the number of folks who come in for food or water.
“During the middle part of the day, [the water] goes about as fast as we can keep it loaded, but it’s slowed down for a little bit. We just fed lunch so it has slowed down for now,” he added.
Monday afternoon the shelter ran out of water. That’s when Huntsville Utilities decided to step in and help.
“This morning we were able to take 20 cases of Huntsville Utilities water over to our Salvation Army cooling center,” said Communications Manager Gary Whitley.
For folks interested in making a similar donation or any donation, check out the list of some local shelters below.
305 Seminole Drive
Downtown Rescue Mission
1400 Evangel Dr NW
701 Andrew Jackson Way NE
Food Bank of North Alabama
2000 Vernon Ave SW