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Doors open for first Operation Deep Freeze of season

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 19:25:05-05
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - From November through March, The Salvation Army opens its doors for those stuck on the street with nowhere to go when the temperature drops.
 
Tonight is the first night of the season where Operation Deep Freeze is underway, and they expect to have a packed house.
 
Operation Deep Freeze takes place each year on nights when temperatures drop below 35 or 40 degrees with a chance of rain.
 
The Salvation Army offers a warm bed for the night and a hot meal.
 
KGUN spoke with a man who said if he wasn't at the shelter tonight, he'd be out on the street. 
 
"The warm food, the warm bed. The counselors are excellent. He's been working with us to help us get a place to live. It's very helpful, and they have just been excellent," said James Haddle.
 
 
If the beds get full at the Hospitality House, cots are laid out in the dining hall.
 
If that gets too crowded, transportation will be provided for some people to stay at other partnering organizations. 
 
The Salvation Army is also partnering with Naughton's Plumbing to collect items like coats blankets and gloves to help keep people warm.