Egan Warming Centers Open

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EUGENE, Ore. — The extended stretch of cold nights means the Egan Warming Centers will be open for the foreseeable future.

The centers opened their doors Tuesday night for the second consecutive night. There are five warming centers.

We asked the volunteers who worked during the December cold snap that stretched eight nights how they prepared for this round of extreme temperatures.

“Lots and lots and lots of sleep is the main thing, and meditation. Just keeping your mind focused for what’s coming, especially when you see the calendar looking like it’s looking,” said volunteer Bill Heiser.

“You just go. You just do it. You’ve got to figure they’re on the streets 24/7, 365 days a year, so what’s a little bit of time out of our day?” said volunteer Williams Loucks.

During the eight nights in December, the warming centers provided a place to sleep for more than 2,800 people and served more than 5,600 meals.

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