Salvation Army Busier Than Usual in the Cold

Danville, VA - The Salvation Army in Danville was very busy Friday keeping up with demand.

Many people needed to just get inside.

The Danville Salvation Army traded in their typical Friday bagged-lunch for something a little warmer.

"Because it's so extremely cold today, we decided we would do soup," said Kitchen Supervisor David Terrell, Jr.

With temperatures dropping, Terrell knew a hot meal would be a hot commodity.

"There are a lot of folks that need a place to be warm," Terrell said.

The lines proved Terrell right.

On a normal Friday at the beginning of the month, the Salvation Army expects 30 guests. Friday, 54 people showed up.

April Plunkett and her 11-year-old son came here for their only hot meal of the day.

"It's very important because he can get a little nourishment and he won't be hungry," Plunkett said.

Plunkett feels like one of the lucky ones. She at least has heat in her home. Many people in Danville will not have a source of warmth once they leave the Salvation Army, though, making the meal that much more important.

"Everybody can get a hot meal. It's cold. Get something in their bellies," Plunkett added.

Terrell says they kept the kitchen open longer so folks could avoid the cold.

"That's what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to take care of people that can't take care of themselves. That's exactly what the Salvation Army is all about," Terrell said.

The Salvation Army in Danville is closed over the weekend, but the Lynchburg one is open 24/7 for anyone who needs a warm place to sleep.