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Waco-area news briefs: Warming stations announced; hospital food needs met

Waco-area news briefs: Warming stations announced; hospital food needs met

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Maija Peterson holds onto her dogs Tuesday afternoon while talking about her stay at Highland Baptist Church, which opened its doors for people who lost power. Paterson lives in an apartment complex near Richland Mall, and the indoor temperature had dropped to below freezing since she lost power early Monday morning.

Warming stations

Numerous warming stations are open this week around the Waco area for temporary shelter from the cold. Check with individual institutions for details and hours.

The city of Waco is listing warming stations at Highland Baptist Church, 3014 Maple Ave.; Dewey Community Center, 925 N. Ninth St.; South Waco Community Center, 2815 Speight Ave.; and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, entering from 2900 W. Waco Drive.

Others include Church of the Open Door, 900 N. Loop 340 in Bellmead; Robinson Elementary School, 151 Peplow Drive; Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1207 N. Old Robinson Road; St. Mary’s Catholic School gym, 504 W. Spruce St. in West; and First Baptist Church of Lorena, 308 Center St., for elderly and at-risk residents.

Family of Faith Worship Center, 4112 Memorial Drive, offers a warming center and asks residents to call 254-652-1491 to reserve space. The Salvation Army provides a warming station at its community kitchen, 300 Webster Ave. For more information, call 733-0474. Emergency overnight shelter space is available for both men and women.

Wednesday trash suspended

Because of the weather, the city of Waco has suspended residential and commercial trash collection for Wednesday. A makeup day has not been announced. The landfill will remain open. For more information, call 299-2612.

Hospital meal needs met

Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center’s call for donations to help feed staff temporarily housed at the hospital during the winter emergency has been met and donations are no longer needed.

Delivery trucks have been delayed at a time when an additional 250 meals a day are needed. Restaurants and community partners have stepped in with surplus food.

Ash Wednesday services

St. Philip Catholic Church, 13095 Old China Spring Road, will cancel Ash Wednesday services originally scheduled for Wednesday.

Treat them as a four-way stop

City leaders are asking motorists who have to get out to treat traffic signals without power as four-way stop signs.

Submit printed or typed items to Briefly, P.O. Box 2588, Waco, 76702-2588; fax 757-0302; or email


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