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Birmingham warming station to remain open, donations needed

Warming station at BJCC (abc3340.com)

The City of Birmingham will keep the warming station at the BJCC opened all day Tuesday. That's in response to a second day of bitter cold temperatures. Birmingham's warming station has been able to serve about 400 people on these cold nights we've experienced.

As temperatures stay low the next couple of days, Mayor Randall Woodfin requested the BJCC's warming station to remain open through the end of the week.

Don Lupo, with the Mayor's office of citizen's assistance, said since they opened the doors, donations and volunteers have poured in from all over to assist in every way. Lupo says they sweep the area daily checking under bridges and alleys to make sure folks are off the streets and in a warm place.

"I'm a man and I think I'm tough. But I don't want to be in those conditions. I don't want to be in those conditions today even with the sun shining. So it's very important that we do what we can to get people off the streets and into a nice warm place," said Lupo.

People are dropping donations off daily but Lupo tells me there are still some items that they need.

He says they are in desperate need of chapstick, deodorant, and travel size toiletries like shampoo, soap, toothpaste and mouthwash, and lotion.

Because of a previously scheduled event at the BJCC, the warming station will be moved to the Boutwell Auditorium on Wednesday.

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