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Springfield warming center to stay open 1 more day

The City of Springfield, the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Clark County Combined Health Department and the Clark County Emergency Management Agency will extend the operation of a service center for warming purposes at 15 S. Plum St. until noon on Wednesday.

More than 20 people have received services at the center since it opened on Sunday. It initially was scheduled to close today.

"The Service Center for Warming Purposes has been a tremendous service to our citizens," said City Manager Jim Bodenmiller. "It would not have been possible without the support of many local agencies and organizations. The City's Community Development Department initiated and coordinated the project. The Salvation Army, Red Cross, and Clark County Combined Health District have provided services and leadership that are deeply appreciated. The Clark County Emergency Management Agency has guided logistics and support. Over seventeen local organizations have provided assistance, food, and clothing to assist in this weather emergency. I am grateful for the coordinated efforts and support our community has demonstrated."

Those who need assistance may visit the service center or can call the Salvation Army at 322-3434 during business hours. Inquiries after hours can be made by calling 211.

Services have included medical assistance, meals, shelter and clothing. Interfaith Hospitality Network has coordinated efforts with the center to provide assistance to many in need.

Mental Health Services, Springfield Regional Medical Center, Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, Med Assist, the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, the Lions Club and the Medical Reserve Corp have provided medical supplies, medical support and personal protective equipment. Through a partnership lead by the Clark County Combined Health District, area doctors from the Rocking Horse Center and Wright State have treated guests with on-site non-emergency medical assistance. Flu shots and pneumonia vaccinations have also been made available.

Saint Vincent de Paul, the Springfield Soup Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank, Lee's Famous Recipe and Bada Bing Pizza have provided food supplies and volunteer time during operation hours.

Additionally, the Clark County Humane Society has been on standby to assist with pets that may have been brought to the shelter.

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