LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The heat index in the Pine Belt was around 110 degrees Monday.
When the heat spikes, the Salvation Army opens its doors to the public to provide relief from the heat.
In Laurel, the organization opened its doors to a cooling station from 12 – 5 p.m. Those who wanted to cool off stopped by and enjoyed a cold refreshment and some snacks.
"It's not just for our shelter people, it's for the community," Salvation Army Mission Specialist Veronica Fleeton said. "Maybe someone has a problem with their A/C, maybe it's a senior citizen person who doesn't have air condition, they're able to come here."
The Salvation Army said they will open its cooling station anytime the heat index is greater than 98 degrees.
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