Warming Center Opens in Northumberland County

COAL TOWNSHIP -- If you do have to be out in the cold and need a place to warm up, there are locations across our viewing area open for just that.

The Shamokin/Coal Township Senior Action Center is set up and ready for people to come get out of the cold. The center will be open until Monday morning for whoever needs it.

When people in lower Northumberland County have concerns, many call State Representative Kurt Masser's office. this week, calls came from people with no heat and broken pipes.

"This is a potential crisis and we want to have it here if people need it," Rep. Masser said.

Masser's staff partnered with Northumberland County government agencies to come up with a solution. That brought them to the Shamokin/Coal Township Senior Action Center.

"For people who are needing it to get out of the cold, it's a warm place to stay with something warm in their stomachs," Rep. Masser said.

If you have frozen or burst pipes or are out of heating oil or have no heat you have a place to go. There are cots, bathrooms, and plenty of food.

"We wanted to bring some donations up, some drinks and snacks. We do have a local food bank where we get stuff in so when we can help the community, we try to," said Helen Neachem.

Donations poured in like clockwork.

"We wanted to help the community and make sure they had some snacks to eat here at the warm-up shelter," Kelly Ebersole said.

Shamokin's ambulance company, Area Services, is picking people up and driving them to the shelter. People are even dropping off money to buy others heating oil.

"This community I knew would be that way. Whenever people are down in this community, people rally around and take care of their own," Rep. Masser said.

 

This warming center is located at the Shamokin/Coal Township Senior Action Center on Chestnut Street in Coal Township. It's open through Monday morning for anyone who needs to get out of the cold.

6 comments

  • matt edwards

    how sad America has become ! our ancestors are probably rolling in their graves to see what KIND OF WHINING WUSSIES WE’VE BECOME. WARMING CENTERS. TV TELLING US IT’S DEADLY TO GO OUTSIDE. SCHOOLS CLOSED BECAUSE IT’S 10 DEGREES OUT ! MY GOD. IN OLDER TIMES WED GO TO SCHOOL WITH 2 FEET OF SNOW ! WE ROUTINELY HAD 20-25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OF ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURE ! AND WE TOOK CARE OF OURSELVES. WE DIDN’T NEED TV OR RADIO HOSTS TO TELL US HOW TO DRESS. HOW TRULY SAD !

    • BERRIOS

      a lot of street roamers in this dump, they want them to stay nice and warm for slam slam, it is the coal region. many street roamers are lucky enough to live in parents basements at 35 or 40 still. instead of renting a row home in these blighted parts.

    • Not Better Than Anyone

      It’s people like you that are the problem in this country. Maybe if we had less whiny people like your self and more people trying to do good this country would be great again.

      Worthless troll, or just an awful person you are, take your pick.

      Just shut your mouth

    • Beefer

      This Denny Barker guy used to roam Mt Carmel streets in his own jungle heat! Parents home or not, Den Barker has to come in to see the kids. 2 finger jerker.

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