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"Operation Deep Freeze" to be in effect during weekend cold front

"Operation Deep Freeze" to be in effect during weekend cold front

CREATED Jan 11, 2013

Reporter: Justin Schecker

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -  With temperatures dropping near the freezing mark, the Salvation Army's "Operation Deep Freeze" will be in effect again tonight and throughout the weekend.

People without a warm place to sleep can head to the Salvation Army's Hospitality house, located downtown at 1021 N. 11th Ave.  

The many cold mornings already during this winter season are putting a strain on the Salvation Army. In the last month alone, there have been 17 days of "Operation Deep Freeze." 

Salvation Army case manager Kimberley Graham told Nine On Your Side the shelters fill up instantly. 

"We don't want anyone out in the cold on the streets freezing, we bring in families, anyone who needs shelter for the night," Graham said. "Normally, the operation deep freeze goes for 1 to 2 days, but we've had a lot of cold days in December and in January."

With the demand on the Salvation Army growing every year, it is now looking into building another hospitality house.

In the meantime, if you'd like to help, its running low on supplies, including coats, hats gloves and socks. You can drop them off at the main office on Richey Boulevard or at the hospitality house on 11th Ave.