Red Cross opens shelter to 44 at church

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By Kate Darnell

The emergency shelter at Cynthiana Christian Church  is empty and on stand by after 44 Harrison County residents came to the church for a warm meal and a warm night’s stay this past week.

Shelter coordinator Gayle Velat said almost all of the individuals at the shelter returned home when their electricity was restored over the weekend.

Velat said cots and other materials would remain set up in the church throughout the week, in case of additional power outages.

“They’re just thankful for a warm place to stay,” said Velat about those residents that had come to the church.

Vivian Hill, 79, lost electricity at her residence Wednesday morning and was taken to the shelter that same afternoon.

“The people were so nice,” Hill said Tuesday morning. “It wasn’t like I thought a shelter would be... they made you feel at home.”

A cancer patient, Hill said shelter volunteers catered to her every need.

“You couldn’t have asked for better people to help you out,” she said.

Hill said she left the shelter Thursday afternoon when power was restored to her residence in town.

Food at the shelter was provided by the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross was on stand-by for additional assistance.

Velat said church members had been volunteering at the shelter since it was set up last Wednesday.

“They’ve just been super great at the church,” Velat said.