ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The cold weather drove many of Alexandria’s homeless population to visit the Salvation Army.
Located on Beauregard Street, the Salvation Army offers men some relief from the cold, providing a warm place to sleep.
Major Ken Nelson said they often host 10 to 20 extra men on cold winter nights. They give away blankets and offer free breakfast in the morning. An individual can stay for free up to seven nights a year, for three years. After that, it's $10.
The salvation army has also had larger numbers coming out for a warm dinner the past few days. However, even without the cold, they stay busy all year long.
"Being full year round, and then we have these extra 10 to 20 people," said Nelson. "We pull out cots or mats, put them on the floor, and give them a blanket and a pillow-- a warm place to sleep."