The Salvation Army is calling on the community to help with stocking up on essential supplies.

Cold nights leave the Salvation Army shelters in need of items

Because of nine-straight nights of chilly weather in the Central Florida area, The Salvation Army’s shelters have served record numbers of men, women and children in that span.

Averaging nearly 100 people per night between the two shelters has left both the mens’ and womens’ facilities short on supplies. As a result, the Salvation Army is looking for help from the community in the form of donations of essential supplies. Those items include: blankets, socks, underwear, coats, towels, toilet paper and toiletries.

Donations can be dropped off at 400 W. Colonial Drive.

“Our doors are open on cold nights and our shelters have been filled with men, women and children looking for a little warmth to try to get some rest. Providing shelter is a core mission of ours at The Salvation Army, however, because of this recent cold snap, we are in need of many essential items to replenish our supplies,” said Salvation Army Captain Ken Chapman.

The Salvation Army shelters are the only facilities in Orlando to open their doors when temperatures drop below 50-degrees.

Women and children are admitted to the women’s shelter at 4:30 p.m. on cold nights and served dinner as well as breakfast the next morning. The men’s shelter opens its doors at 9:30 p.m. and serves its occupants breakfast the next morning.