FLORENCE — There was a party going on Tuesday night on the Salvation Army campus, complete with musical entertainment, food and an inflatable bouncing house for kids.

The "Night at the Shelter with the Stars" event was sponsored by the Shoals Area Association of Realtors, and featured musical entertainment by Three Wheel Drive and food by FloBama and Kona Ice.

"We just wanted to do something nice for the residents in our shelters," said Salvation Army Capt. Benjamin Deuel. "The homeless often get a bad rap and this is a way for us to say, 'you're important.'"

Deuel said both the men's and women's shelters have been beyond capacity in recent weeks.

The new men's shelter has 24 beds and there are currently 37 residents. The women's and family area is equipped for 12 and there are 15.

"We hope to just raise people's awareness that help is always needed for food and, if we as a community get involved and partner with the Salvation Army on a consistent basis it will help our overall effectiveness," Deuel said.

Salvation Army officials also offered tours of the shelter Tuesday evening for anyone in the public who was in interested in learning more about the facility's operation.


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