Birmingham warming stations top 400 people in need of shelter

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greets a visitor at the BJCC warming station on Christmas Day

According to a Facebook post by Don Lupo, director of the city of Birmingham’s Office of Citizen Assistance, more than 400 people used the city’s warming station at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center last night.

The BJCC station has been open four consecutive days, and they anticipate staying open an additional four days while  Birmingham continues to experience this cold snap.

As you can see in the Facebook post by Lupo below, the warming station is open all day long, so they are seeking additional volunteers and donations.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit this – LINK. To donate food, contact Don Lupo directly at 335-4573.

Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn

In addition to the city’s warming station, Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn will operating their station 24/7 till Saturday.  To volunteer for a shift or for more information, please contact Kay Williams, 205-305-4179, or by email. 

Here is Lupo’s inspiring  post from last night:

day eight (8) at the WARMING STATION

open all day today — packed house — right now we have more than 400 in the house 🏡 — angels 👼 abound

so much food — so much clothing — so much hygiene items

our HEART TO TABLE restaurant tonight was Sol’s — the Bajalieh family was in and out all day today — bags of coats and clothing — and then dinner tonight — lasagna, salad and big rolls

and we had pizza 🍕, soup 🍜, chili 🌶, hot dogs 🌭, pb&j sandwiches, grilled cheese 🧀, cheese burgers 🍔, cakes 🎂, candy 🍭, BBQ 🍗 and everything in between

so we’ll be open all day tomorrow (Jan. 2) at the BJCC South Hall –.we need food tomorrow during the day — any of the items above will work — we also need volunteers tomorrow to help serve

we’ve tied our record in terms of consecutive nights and have four (4) nights to go — you wannabe blessed — you wannabe rewarded — come spend some time with us

love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe any that are naked

Keep up the goof work Birmingham!  To learn more about what you can do, check out our Bham Now story from this past weekend – Birmingham warming stations extend hours and need help

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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