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Cold weather means open door at Fayetteville Salvation Army shelter

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

As the coldest weather of this season approaches, the Salvation Army shelter in Fayetteville is on "white flag" status. The status kicks in for the shelter whenever temperatures drop below freezing. So this is not the first time this season the shelter has flown its white flag out front, but it may be the longest white flag period of the season so far.

It means the shelter will make extra room if necessary for anyone who needs to get out of the cold at night.  If needed the Salvation Army in Fayetteville will also open its gym or other facilities.

"We'll make room for anyone that needs it, and of course we have staff here during that time," said Brian Allen with the Fayetteville Salvation Army. "So anybody who needs a place to stay when it's cold, feel free to come."

In 2013, the Fayetteville Salvation Army shelter provided more than 15,300 shelter lodgings.

In Cumberland County, libraries and recreation centers also have an open door policy during extreme temperatures. That allows anyone to spend time inside during regular operating hours.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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