Mt. Pleasant cold weather will reopen doors New Year's Eve

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant cold shelter is offering a warm place to sleep as well as an evening meal and breakfast as temperatures drop into the 30s.

Organizers say the Hibben United Methodist Church Emergency Cold Shelter will reopen Wednesday night.

"When it's below 36 degrees we set it up so that we can get the people who are out on the streets or have problems at their home where their heating is not working where they can come and spend the night," said shelter co-director Dan Graham.

Temperatures are expected to dip to 34 degrees on New Year's Eve, according to meteorologist Justin Lock.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and guests must leave by 7 a.m. the following morning. Only guests brought in by the Mount Pleasant Police Department will be accepted after 11 p.m., shelter co-director Al Bradshaw-Whittemore said.

Graham says they have 50 volunteers trained to manage the shelter.

"It takes about 20 for every night to set it up and do the meals, do hospitality and also do laundry afterwards."

A Hibben bus will pick up guests in downtown Charleston beginning at 7 p.m. at Huger Street across from Taco Boy, he said. The route will then take the shuttle to Trident Tech on Columbia, the main library on Calhoun Street, Marion Square, and then to the museum on Meeting Street before returning to Hibben.

Guests will be returned to the downtown area if a driver is available, Bradshaw-Whittemore said.

The brief drop in temperatures will temporarily interrupt the Lowcountry's unseasonably warm weather, but spring-like temperatures are expected to return for the weekend with the possibility of more showers, Lock said.

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