Volunteer Effort Shelters Dozens From Cold

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A volunteer effort helped dozens of people get out of the extreme cold Sunday night.

The group SilverbackKS coordinated with Let's Help to open the organization's building, 200 S. Kansas Ave., as a warming center. The center opened Sunday evening and remained open through 9 am Monday.

Organizer Jude Quinn said the group wanted to offer a place for people to escape the extreme temps. Quinn said the warming center wasn't just for people who were homeless, but anyone living in a situation without heat.

Quinn reports 45 people came through the doors of the warming center, including six people who stayed the entire night. He says the group is meeting with Let's Help to develop plans for future collaborations and to establish protocols for meeting community needs during extreme conditions in the future.

About 20 SilverbackKS volunteers assisted at the warming center.