Canton opens warming centers

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CANTON – The city of Canton and the Refuge of Hope will operate warming centers Friday through Monday.

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) will offer transportation and the American Red Cross will provide cots and blankets at the centers, according to a city news release.

COVID-19 precautions — such as wearing a face mask, social distancing and sanitizing hands — must be followed.

Canton police officers and firefighters will staff the locations and check on people outdoors, according to the release. Citizens who need help also can call 911.

The warming centers and times include:

Refuge of Hope, 715 Second St. NE

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Friday

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday

Edward "Peel" Coleman Community Center, 1400 Sherrick Road SE

  • 6 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday

  • 6 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday

  • 6 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday

SARTA will provide transportation from any bus stop for free to people who tell the driver they are en route to a warming center. Route 110 from the Cornerstone Transit Center will take people to and from the community center.

If SARTA is not available, the city advises people to call the Police Department at 330-649-5800 for assistance.

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Canton opens warming centers to battle weekend cold

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