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Salvation Army cooling station readies for opening

By Sonny Long
June 10, 2013 at 1:10 a.m.


HOW TO HELP

To volunteer or for more information on donating, call Jeff Ralston at 361-576-1297.

In anticipation of another hot summer, the Salvation Army is seeking donations of bottled water and individual snack items as well as volunteers to man the cooling station it plans to open beginning Monday.

"We want to give those who have no place to go somewhere to get out of the heat," said Jeff Ralston, social services director.

"They can come in, have some water and a snack. Even play a board game or dominoes," he said.

The cooling station at the Salvation Army, 1306 N. Louis St., will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Monday. The station is only open on weekdays.

"This is also a great opportunity for members of service organizations to volunteer to monitor the room," Ralston said.

"Basically, the volunteers will be here to make sure the people that come in get what they need and to fellowship with them," he said.

"The main thing is that people get hydrated," Ralston said. "It's only going to get hotter."

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 40 percent probability of above normal temperatures across South Texas and an even chance of near normal precipitation, said John Metz of the National Weather Service.

The normal average daily high temperature in Victoria in June is 91.5 degrees. It increases to 93.8 in July and 95 in August.

Dr. Bain Cate, director of Calhoun County, Cuero-DeWitt County and Victoria City-County Health Departments, said he has not yet received any information from health care providers concerning heat-related illnesses.

The summer of 2012 was the third hottest in U.S. history, according to the National Weather Service.

For a large majority of the lower 48 states, above-average temperatures are expected this summer, according to The Weather Channel forecasters.

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