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Warming centers open up for dangerously cold weekend

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With the activation of the state’s cold weather protocol, towns and cities across the state opened dozens of extra warming centers this weekend. (WFSB) With the activation of the state’s cold weather protocol, towns and cities across the state opened dozens of extra warming centers this weekend. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

With the activation of the state’s cold weather protocol, towns and cities across the state opened dozens of extra warming centers this weekend.

In Hartford alone, four additional locations were set up with cots to accommodate 200 people.

The Asylum Hill Congregational Church has opened its doors for people to get out of the cold and stay warm and relax.

Pastor Erica Thompson said this is the first time they have served as a shelter.

She said the city’s fire department actually reached out on Thursday after Gov. Dannel Malloy activated the 2-1-1 protocol.

They set up extra cots, and on Sunday morning there were about 20 people there.

"We will be able to provide a hot meal and a safe and warm place to sleep, and we will be providing each guest with a bagged lunch for the morning as they leave,” Thompson said.

The church will open its doors again on Sunday night and stay open into Monday morning.

The Salvation Army Recreation Center on Nelson Street will be open until 3 p.m. on Sunday for a daytime shelter.

To see a list of warming centers open around the state, click here.

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