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More Cold Ahead: What Is Impact on Salvation Army?

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With extreme cold settling over the Ozarks, the Salvation Army is opening its doors, as usual, so that everyone can have a warm place to sleep.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With extreme cold settling over the Ozarks, the Salvation Army is opening its doors, as usual, so that everyone can have a warm place to sleep.

"We have quite an influx, in actual fact we've seen 50 unduplicated people this season already," Major Norman Grainger said.

Salvation Army workers and volunteers provide a safe haven as well as a meal.

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"It Probably costs us around about, because we can do it really efficiently, $10 an individual. The lighting, the staffing, the food costs," Grainger said. "There's more work to be done, the cleaning of the facility, the monitoring of the individuals when they come into our facility."

Prolonged harsh weather has an even bigger impact on that cost.

"One of the issues for us now with this weather turning on us, yes we have to open our doors to let people in, but at the same time we're out there collecting funds -- especially with the red kettle," Grainger said.

The Red Kettle program is the Salvation Army's biggest fundraising push.

Not only could less foot traffic decrease donations, but Grainger said f he had to bring kettle workers and volunteers in because of the weather, it could have a huge effect.

"The decision to cancel the red kettle campaign even for one day would cost us thousands of dollars, and that would have a real impact on us.

Grainger said the Salvation Army's effort, and its community support, is invaluable.

"We recently had someone die just outside of town on the north side. This weather is extremely dangerous. We're just opening our doors to protect those individuals," he said.


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