FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Churches, fire departments and charities are stepping up to keep people healthy and out of the cold.
Forty people spent the night at the Whosoever Community Church in Florence trying to escape the cold weather and the church expects to keep its warming shelter open through Friday.
Located near downtown Florence, the church offers cots, television and warm meals to anybody who needs it when the temperatures are below freezing. Whosoever Community Church also stays open as a warming shelter during the day unlike other shelters in the area.
The church is always collecting donations of clothing, pillows, blankets and warm food to give out to people during these colder months.
"We have many people out there. We don't want them out in the streets in this colder weather especially," said Scott Gullet, who is staying at the warming shelter right now. "They need a place to stay and it feels like you're welcomed here."
The Salvation Army plans to continue its extended shelter hours through mid-day Saturday.
The city fire departments in both Mullins and Marion will also be open Thursday night.