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Lynchburg's Big Shelters Notice Fewer Overnight Visitors


Reporter:  Shelley Basinger l Videojournalist:  Brian Whitesell

Lynchburg, VA – Area shelters are seeing a fewer people as power crews make a little more progress in our area.

The American Red Cross runs the shelter at Sandusky Middle School.  Organizers say the number of people needing help has been cut in half over the past couple of days. 

On Sunday, the middle's gym was full of cots.  Now, they just line the sides.

Shelter manager Barbara Morton says she is still so impressed at how well everyone pulled together.

"They made donations, they came out, they wanted to help in any way they could.  They came in, ‘Can we help you, we'll volunteer, we'll sweep, we'll do anything.'  It was amazing," said Morton.

Morton says they don't need any more volunteers or donations right now.  She says you can always make a monetary donation to your local Red Cross chapter.

At Thomas Road Baptist Church, officials are reporting fewer overnight visitors.  On Sunday, about 500 people stayed overnight.  By last night, just a little more than 300 people needed to sleep at the church.

There's still steady traffic at the Lynchburg church during the day, when the heat is the most intense. 

Plenty of folks are stopping in for the free breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They've served 2,500 people so far.

TRBC is also amazed by the amount of support given by the community.  More than 500 people have volunteered their time during this storm recovery.

"Many of these volunteers have had their own personal challenges with power outages at their home and trees and have just come in and done a remarkable job," said TRBC spokesman Mike Tilley.

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., TRBC is holding a special patriotic service.  Their "Celebrate America" fireworks display was cancelled Sunday and pushed to August.

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