Cold Weather Shelter Opens in DeFuniak Springs

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Monday night's cold temperatures will keep many indoors.

But for those who are homeless or do not have a sufficient heat source, the Matrix Community Outreach Center in DeFuniak Springs is offering a helping hand.

"We will also have a hot meal that is provided by the Red Cross and a local restaurant in our community,” said Candy Nowling, of the Matrix Community Outreach Center. “We also provide bottled water and snacks. They will come in and they will be housed from 5:30 in the evening, until 7 in the morning."

Nowling says a number of volunteers are coming out to help at the shelter which is set up at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center.

"My responsibility is to make sure everybody signs in, make sure they are settled in, that they get the food that is provided, and just ask people if they need anything and just monitor the environment here,” said Kevin Crystal, one of the centers volunteers.

The Walton County Animal Shelter is also taking some extra precautions for the cold snap. They are making sure all of their animals stay inside, that the doors are closed all night, and they will even turn on their heated floor system to make sure the animals are warm throughout the night.

"We are going to close the doors, and we will give each animal a blanket to lay on and they will have the heated coils,” said Lois Marlow, Director of the Walton County Animal Shelter.

Marlow also reminds pet owners, if you are cold, your dog or cat is likely cold also.

The City of Destin does not have any cold weather shelters open Monday night, however, the Emerald Coast Rescue Mission in Fort Walton Beach will be taking people in.