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The Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch Approaches Its 28th Year of Services




For 27 years, The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch program has helped make cold winter nights bearable for the homeless and near-homeless of Omaha. The mobile feeding program will make its first run of the season on Thursday evening, Dec. 1, departing at 6 p.m. from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle. Winter Night Watch takes aid directly to the streets, providing low income and often homeless people with a hot meal and warm clothing. While the program meets the immediate physical needs of people, it also offers individuals counseling and the opportunity to move off the streets.

The Salvation Army expects to feed as many as 300 individuals per night at the height of the season. Last winter, Winter Night Watch served more than 14,500 meals and distributed over 9,000 coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

Two Salvation Army canteens will patrol the streets of Omaha five nights a week (Monday - Friday), 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, 2017. The canteen makes stops in multiple locations near and south of downtown and where the homeless and near-homeless gather in the evenings. Another canteen will travel the streets of South Omaha five nights a week (Monday - Friday) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., making stops at various locations near 24th & Center Streets, including a location in the South Gate Housing Area in Bellevue.

Monetary donations are needed to purchase food, fuel and paper products. Donations can be made online at salarmyomaha.org or mailed to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68114, earmarked “Winter Night Watch.” Contributions to the red kettle also support Winter Night Watch.

Media representatives are invited to accompany Winter Night Watch volunteers on any evening of the program. Please call Susan Eustice at 402-981-6091 in advance.

Photo opportunities: Dec. 1 – 5:30 p.m., Emergency Disaster Services building, 10629 Burt Circle. Salvation Army staff and volunteers load the mobile units with food and winter outerwear and prepare to depart.