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Donations, volunteers needed for Salvation Army cooling station

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
June 29, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.
Updated June 30, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.

Doc Bartlett of the the Salvation Army  says the cooling station, which will open Thursday needs donations of bottled water.

The Salvation Army needs your help to assist others to beat the heat.

A cooling station, for the homeless and others without adequate shelter, will open on Thursday.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of bottled water and individual snack items for the cooling station.

This week Victoria had five consecutive days of 100-degree or higher temperatures including a record-setting 108 on Tuesday.

"We want to be an oasis for people who need to get out of the heat," said Doc Bartlett, social services case worker. "We want to be able to provide water and a snack and place for them to cool down."

The cooling station will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 1306 N. Louis St.

Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday or until 6 p.m. at the adjacent Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Bartlett said volunteers are also needed to operate the cooling station.

"Basically, you are there to provide company to those that come in, play cards, talk, whatever. Just be there for them," he said.

To volunteer or for more information, call 361-576-1297.

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