Church shelter already preparing for next arctic blast

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Senior Pastor Scott Holley grew concerned when the freezing temperatures swept through Mount Sterling.

“It was unthinkable to me that this community would allow somebody to stay out in the cold. And so we responded,” said Holley.

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Holley and the First Christian Church did so by turning a Sunday school classroom into a warming center. And they weren’t alone.

“You’re talking about from, the newly elected county sheriff getting involved to the custodian of this church, everyone is pitching in to make a place for people,” said Holley.

That includes food, enough beds to provide for 25 people, blankets and a place to do laundry.

The church has a married couple staying with them. One of them is missing a leg. Holley says the shelter has only been open for a short period of time, but donations are continuing to pour in. The money and supplies will come in handy because the church might expand the shelter.

“If somebody would freeze to death in Montgomery County, and we didn’t do anything about it, I think we would neglect our call to God, and then to our fellow man and woman,” said Holley.

Holley wants to have volunteers and supplies ready in the future when cold temperatures hit the county.