Warming center for Huntsville’s homeless still in need of items

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - As a bus set out to pick up homeless men and women around town, a crew inside welcomed anyone coming in from out of the weather.

"The cold is going to be bitter," said Sherry Birney, volunteer pastor of Grateful Life on Oakwood Avenue. "We know there are people that for whatever reason don't feel comfortable going to a shelter."

"We're picking them up and bringing them here, somewhere warm, inviting, where they can spend the night," said Larry Jess, the church's board chair, drummer, and bus driver.

The church is still taking donations, and while they always accept perishable foods, they currently have enough to feed everyone over the next 3-4 days as well as send everyone back to their tents or camps with food to eat down the road.

The church-turned-warming center is set to be open Wednesday through Friday, but will not close their doors until temperatures are above freezing for at least 24 full hours.

More than anything else, they need financial help to cover the utility bill that will spike during the warming center hours.

Items needed:

  • Women's coats - large and extra-large
  • Men's coats - 4X and 5X
  • Reading material
  • Puzzle books (crosswords, word searches, etc.)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Adult diapers
  • Underwear
  • Procedural face masks (to avoid sharing any sickness)
  • Toothpaste and other hygiene products (with no alcohol)