Cold weather shelters to open in Hillsborough County

6:41 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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Hillsborough County, Florida-- As the weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures this weekend, Hillsborough County will open cold weather shelters for the homeless, and those who live in homes without adequate heat. 

Officials say the shelters will open in the afternoons on both Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17.

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According to reports, this will be the fourth and fifth time that cold weather shelters have opened this winter.

Shelter locations are as follows:

  • Brandon Community Center: 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon.
    • This shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon Area. 
    • Phone: 813-635-8179
  • Metropolitan Ministries: 2010 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa.  
    • This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families. 
    • After hours phone: 813-209-1077
  • Salvation Army: 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa.
    • This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults.
    • After hours phone: 813-221-4440
  • Jackson Springs Recreation Center: 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country.
    • This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families.
    • Phone: 813-554-5064
  • Wimauma Community Center: 5705 Hillsborough St. in Wimauma 
    • This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families.
    • Phone: 813-635-3500

Officials say most shelters will close the following morning around 7 a.m.

Want to know how you can help? 

You can donate supplies to the shelters, or non-perishable food items to Metropolitan Ministries. 

The Brandon Community Center, Jackson Springs Recreation Center, and Wimauma Community Center are accepting the following:

  • Blankets
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disposable cups
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Sugar

Those wishing to donate supplies should contact each individual shelter.

Those wishing to donate non-perishable items to Metropolitan Ministries may call 813-209-1000.

Also, don't forget to protect your pets, plants and pipes, and heat your home safely during cold weather.

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