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Code Purple In Effect in Sussex County

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - As the temperatures drop, the need for a warm place to stay increases in Delaware.

The organization Code Purple hopes to fill that need by creating "code purple shelters" for Delaware's homeless population. Community centers and churches open their doors at night when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Tonight, six places in Sussex County are acting as Code Purple shelters. Susan Kent with Love Inc of Mid-Delmarva says they are seeing more code purple shelters fill up, and therefore need more people to volunteer their time.

"We have expanded this year, which means we have more need," she says. ""We do intake, we also have people help with serving dinner, and some people are awake all night just being there and making sure the guests are  comfortable."

Code Purple also needs volunteers to provide dinners to the shelters--which will be open through Sunday Dec 11th. Kent says they also need drivers, as transportation is one of the biggest obstacles for those seeking shelter.

"In Sussex County as a whole, we always have a spot," she says. "The issue becomes getting the person to the shelter and back to where they are comfortable."

For those looking to find a shelter or to volunteer at one, Kent says please call the Code Purple Hotline at 302-519-0024.

A list of the Code Purple shelters can be found here 

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