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For 22 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 Wednesday evening, December 1st, departing at 6:00 pm from the Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street.



This year a second Winter Night Watch canteen will be in service in South Omaha thanks to a donation from Dundee Presbyterian Church.

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 400 individuals per night at the height of the season. Last winter, Winter Night Watch served more than 11,500 meals and distributed thousands of coats, hats, gloves and scarves. This year, however, Army officials expect those numbers to increase as a result of a weak economy and expansion into South Omaha.

The Salvation Army canteen will patrol the streets of Omaha five nights a week (Monday-Friday), 6:00-9:00 p.m., from December 1st through February 2011. The canteen makes multiple stops in multiple locations where the homeless and near-homeless gather each evening.

The second canteen will patrol the streets of South Omaha two nights a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) from 6:00–9:00 pm. It will stop at various locations including 24th & N Streets and 30th & Q Streets.

Monetary donations are needed to purchase food, fuel and paper products. Donations can be made online at www.givesalvationarmy.org or mailed to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68131, earmarked “Winter Night Watch.” Contributions to the red kettle also support Winter Night Watch.

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