Salvation Army of Augusta extending hours until Wednesday

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - 127 people looking for a bed and a break from the cold jammed into the Augusta Salvation Army Monday.

Wanda Rewis said she and her two kids walked to the shelter and someone helped them out.

Rewis said, "They said you and the kids are welcome to stay here, because it's going to be very cold."

She said someone helped her look through a coat box, where they found the kids winter jackets, hats scarves and gloves.

Rewis said, "The kids felt good because they said," oh it's warm."  It was like a relief that I didn't have to worry about how I was going to give them a coat"

Officials said bitter cold temperatures brought plenty of people just like her in for a bed and a hot meal Monday.

Major Tony Perez with the Augusta Salvation Army said, "We had over 127 folks here Monday night and that reaches our capacity."

He said they added extra mats, got blankets and pillows ready. They also extended hours.

Major Perez said, "Usually people would leave at 6A.M., now they don't have to leave until 9A.M."

Major Perez said they'll keep offering the extra hours until Wednesday, when they expect the cold to let up.

You can help and give back. Blankets, coats donations and canned food can be dropped off at 1384 Greene Street. You can also go to the and give a donation online.