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Lower temps mean higher occupancy at Columbia shelter

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

This week's winter storm had Columbia's emergency shelter seeing higher than normal traffic.

On any given night, the shelter would feed and house 175 people. With the snow and temperatures in the teens, that number was near its 240 bed capacity.

Helping more people also takes more planning to pull off.

"Whenever you get more than 220 in here, it becomes a little more complicated," said Christ Central Ministries Rev. Kerry Breen. "Because you're trying to feed everybody, trying to get everybody a bed, so it becomes a little more busy."

With more occupancy comes a greater need for donations. The shelter needs towels, hygiene products, and non-perishable foods.

You can drop off donations at Hope Plaza at Main and Calhoun Streets.

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