Warm Shelter Opens on Christmas Eve

By: Dave Byknish@whsv.com Email
By: Dave Byknish@whsv.com Email

FISHERSVILLE, Va. -- Warm shelters weren't supposed to be open this week, but on Monday, the doors opened at the Fishersville United Methodist Church to give the Valley's homeless a comfortable place to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Volunteers said this week the Valley's homeless need a warm bed the most.

“This is what Christmas is all about. It's giving. It's God's love. Jesus, the Bible tells us, was homeless. His parent's couldn't find a place to have the child. It's just great to be able to do this, especially on Christmas,” said Associate Pastor Ryan Oswald, Fishersville United Methodist.

The church is the only warm shelter with shower capabilities and it has space for 20 guests with clothing to give away. Volunteers will even provide a Christmas dinner Wednesday night.

The first night the shelter opened during Thanksgiving, volunteers only saw one guest. Organizers said they expect a lot more people on Monday night, since it's Christmas Eve.

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