The Clayton County Board of Commissioners and Clayton County Public Schools have extended the warming center at Sequoyah Middle School for two more nights. However, the center desperately needs fresh volunteers to give those who have been serving so far a much-needed break.

Volunteer Coordinator Drew Andrews said several of the volunteers have worked more than 40 or 50 hours through the Christmas holiday and are exhausted. He also appealed to elected officials to take a turn serving:

The Clayton Crescent saw School Board District 2 member Dr. Mark Christmas and BOC District 4 Commissioner DeMont Davis serving at the center Monday afternoon.

Two volunteers, Marisol Sconiers and Nancy Barahona, have logged numerous hours, and they are asking for help:

Sconiers’ 100-year-old father, November Veteran of the Month Rudolph Valentino Wesley, and Chef Bianca Mendoza also are serving at the warming center. Dwayne Fabian also has logged many hours. School Board Chair Jessie Goree and School Board District 5 member Dr. Dee Haney also have been serving.

You can call Drew Andrews at (678) 628-6525 or sign up online at to volunteer two hours of your time. The warming center is at Sequoyah Middle School, the second school in the rear of 95 Valley Hill Road in Riverdale.

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Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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