Salvation Army keeps doors open for Operation Deep Freeze as cold weather continues

Operation Deep Freeze in effect

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Salvation Army’s Hospitality House is full of guests as frigid temperatures stick around Southern Arizona.

“Staying out there, even if you have blankets, it is cold," said Supervisor Jerry Brillo.

On Wednesday, Brillo was preparing for the seventh-straight night of Operation Deep Freeze, initially declared on Thursday, December 27. When declared, the Salvation Army opens its doors for anyone seeking overnight shelter.

Signs were posted that “beds were full” for men and women before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, hours before the shelter stops accepting people at 9 p.m. Brillo said he would have to make adjustments with many needing a warm place to sleep.

“Tonight I would have to say yes, we are going to bring them in, with the temperatures being so low," said Brillo.

Brillo said the shelter usually has 40 beds available for men and 10 for women, plus children, during Operation Deep Freeze, but overflow at other shelters meant accommodations would have to be made.

“Women are going to be transported over from another shelter and I have another men’s shelter, they are going to be transporting people over, too," said Brillo.

Operation Deep Freeze is possible from Nov. 15 to March 30, when temperatures drop below 35 degrees or 40 degrees with precipitation

The Salvation Army Tucson Hospitality House is located at 1002 North Main Ave.

Donations are also needed to help keep people warm during the winter. Items needed include coats, blankets, gloves, socks, and sweaters.

Donations can be dropped off at any Naughton’s Plumbing location or at the Hospitality House.

For more information about Operation Deep Freeze, please call the Hospitality House 520-795-9671.

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