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Abilene Salvation Army working to get people out of the cold

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 22 2013 10:23:48 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2013 10:08:53 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

The winter weather blew into Abilene with a vengeance Friday morning. For one group of people it was a painful reminder that they don't have a place to go and escape it.

"It makes you feel like you're going to freeze and after a while it starts to hurt," said Brandon Campsey who has been staying at the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has stepped up to help out those in need. People at the Salvation Army said they accept people at any time when the weather's bad.

The doors are locked at 10 p.m. for safety reasons, but even if someone gets there after that they can ring the doorbell and get checked in. 

"They depend on the shelter for somewhere to stay when the weathers bad and so with the temperatures being below freezing, we definitely don't want anyone to have to stay out all night during that," said Lindsey Trook, Abilene Salvation Army development director.

"It means a lot to me, something to do, somewhere to stay, and I don't got to be out there," Campsey said.  

The Salvation Army spent Friday setting up cots and laying out blankets for those who want to get out of the cold and into a warm bed. They expect a full house Friday night.