Warming Shelters Prepare for Winter

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EUGENE, Ore. — It’s the time of year when it starts to get dangerously cold outside, especially for those with no roof over their heads.

The Stormtracker 9 Weather Team says it’s going to be 33 degrees Friday night, but that’s not cold enough for the Egan Warming Centers to open.

Starting Nov. 15, if the temps hit 30 degrees or lower they will open, so organizers have less than a week to get prepared, train volunteers and collect supplies.

The centers are also gearing up for some challenges this year, as the number of people in need continues to grow.

“We’re seeing bump ups all over. You know the Mission system. They are seeing increased numbers all around the country. I think it’s just the economy and a lot of people out of work and lost their homes and don’t have a place to go,” said Charley Harvey, warming center organizer.

Last year the centers opened for 15 nights and served about 200 to 300 people a night. But now that number is expected to go up past 400 per night.

If you would like to help out there’s a volunteer orientation coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

And the centers are always looking for donations of sleeping bags, socks and other cold weather comforts.

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