Salvation Army opens doors as cooling center for public

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The Salvation Army in Paducah is opening a hospitality area to the general public so people can cool off from the heat.

Whether you’re homeless, from a lower income family, or just passing by and needing a moment to cool down.

In charge of running this program is Lieutenant David Donegan, the commanding officer for the Salvation Army in Paducah. Who says the cooling center is nothing fancy, It’s just a place to have some peace from the heat.

Lieutenant David Donegan, Commanding Officer of Paducah Salvation Army

“It’s just a place to say ‘you know what? It’s hot, and I need a place to cool off.’ whether you’re homeless, or whether you just are passing by and don’t have air conditioner in your car and just need to get in out of the heat, or even just need a nice place to go to the bathroom.”

The cooling center offers free snacks and bottles of cool water.

The gymnasium is open for any children who come to cool down, and a movie can be played if enough people decide it’s just too hot out.

Lieutenant David Donegan, Commanding Officer of Paducah Salvation Army

“We are here, and we’re open. We’re ready to serve you. For whatever that need may be. No questions asked.”

If the Salvation Army in Paducah is not able to assist you, Lt. Donegan says they have partner agencies that can help and they are there to assist you.

The cooling centers are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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