North Charleston’s only warming shelter receives donations

VIDEO: North Charleston's only warming shelter receives donation of supplies, funds

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The only warming shelter in North Charleston received a collection of coats, sleeping bags, socks and even money to buy other needed supplies.

The collection was delivered Monday to the Aldersgate Methodist Church in North Charleston.

A neighboring church, Royal Missionary Baptist, put out a call for donations and the congregation responded. This is the second time they’ve brought the much-needed supplies. Aldersgate normally opens in December as a warming center but with the coronavirus they have had to push back their plans until January. Ann Hamilton is one of the coordinators of the center and says the supplies will help them fulfill their mission.

“It’s hard enough right now because of COVID and all the restrictions and all the additional processes that we had to put into place,” Hamilton said. “If it wasn’t for these guys taking care us, we would not be able to take care of our guys, our people.”

Royal Baptist Senior Pastor Isaac Holt says sleeping bags and coats will continue to help the homeless even when the shelter is not open.

“When it gets real cold they come in but they need sleeping bags every night because for me outside at 50 degrees is cold,” Holt said. “My congregation was inspired to see the work they are doing at Aldergate and Royal Baptist just wanted to be a part of it.”

The warming shelter is closed Monday but will be open when the temperature drops again.

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