As temperatures drop, Hope Center keeps doors open for families to stay warm

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - People across the Roanoke Valley are coming together to help keep families warm this winter.

On Tuesday, the Hope Center in Roanoke extended its hours to allow people to get out of the cold.

The organization typically hosts an after-school program.

Organizers said they noticed several homeless people sleeping outside in the cold and wanted to help those in need.

In an effort to give people a warm place to sleep, the Hope Center is opening its facility to the public. Organizers are allowing up to 30 people to stay the night, eat a warm meal and get out of the cold.

"I truly care about the community," said Grover Price, Hope Center creator. "I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't try to help."

Price said the center is also accepting blankets, clothes and other donations to help the community.