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Sandusky Middle Serves as Cooling Center

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Reporter:  Carleigh Griffeth

Lynchburg, VA- So many people showed up at Lynchburg's Heritage High School to cool down, they had to move it to Sandusky Middle School.

Heritage wasn't big enough to cover everyone's needs, long-term.

For the next several nights residents can sleep at Sandusky. Capacity is around 200, but they're not turning anyone away. Workers tell us anyone who needs to escape the heat can show up at the school and just sign in.

Workers say they're happy to take anyone in. But if you come prepared, it will help stretch their resources much farther.

"They need to bring their medicines, pillows blankets because we may not have enough cots for them. They need to bring a change of clothes. You know all those things. Any toiletries, anything they've got that they think they're going to need for at least an overnight stay," said Cindy Kirkland, Lynchburg Director of Social Services.

"The resources are being um, pooled to make sure everyone gets what they need as best as we can do. We've gotten food donations and people are volunteering. It's just a wonderful effort," said Ladonna Shedoor, a Red Cross Volunteer.

The Salvation Army donated a hot meal to the center Sunday and will be providing more, starting Monday morning.

If you would like to make a donation, call the Red Cross or visit their website.

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