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Bradenton’s Salvation Army needs blankets, jackets

BRADENTON -- With overnight temperatures expected to be near freezing, men’s shelter director Ed Wickman is going to be busy again tonight at the Salvation Army.

BayNews 9 weather is calling for 38 degrees in Bradenton -- 35 in Lakewood Ranch -- which means the homeless shelter on 14th Street West will be crowded for the second straight night.

And the shelter will need blankets and jackets for those who either spend the night, or come to the shelter for a meal and a blanket then return to the street.

“We’re always in need for blankets and jackets,” Wickman said. “Our policy is if the temperature goes below 45 degrees, it’s a ‘hazardous’ or ‘cold night.’ We don’t want to clients outside when it’s that cold.”

Donors can call the Salvation Army at 748-5110 or 746-7595.

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