BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The City of Birmingham will open a warming station at the Boutwell Auditorium on the nights of Sunday, January 19; Monday, January 20; and Tuesday, January 21.
The Boutwell Auditorium is located at 1930 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.
The city is monitoring National Weather Service forecasts, which indicate sub-freezing temperatures Sunday through Tuesday nights.
The warming station will operate from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on all three nights. Organizers will accept donated snacks, sandwiches and bottled water on all three days.
For the past two years, Alliance Community Development has been donating meals to the homeless. The nonprofit provides hundreds of people will meals, clothes, and toiletries each month.
“We look at it like this: you can always empower a person. When it’s cold out and you have shelter, it might not mean anything. But for the homeless, it means a lot,” said Janice Schneiberg, president of Alliance Community Development.
But you don’t have to make donations by the hundreds to make a difference. Jordan Askenzai and her friend made dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate.
“So we just made a bunch of peanut butter and jelly. And it was just like, kind of a fun way to give back,” said Jordan. The girls’ mothers encourage giving back so they understand the privileges they have.
In Calhoun County, there is a warming station at the Carver Community Center in Annison that will be open through Thursday.
In Jasper, the Jasper Area Family Services Center will also be open as a warming station.
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