PORTLAND -- The first day of 2013 marked the coldest day since January of last year. But even despite that, the sun and dry conditions were luring people outside.
Services across the metro area have set up emergency warming shelters during this cold spell.
The Union Gospel Mission has brought out an extra 60 beds and will transform its cafeteria into sleeping quarters for the next several nights.
The mission hands out about 40 to 50 coats a day to people in need and expects the demand to grow even higher this week. It is also currently in need of donations.
“Warm clothes, hoodies, coats, socks, under thermals, stuff like that," explained Donyell Langston, homeless service manager at the mission. "Hats - they all come in handy.” Langston said the items most in demand right now are gloves.
As they people enjoy the outdoors with their pets, the Oregon Humane Society reminds us when temperatures get this cold smaller dogs may need a sweater over their fur coats. And when temperatures drop below 30 degrees, bring even those outdoor pets inside.
“Dogs can get frost-bitten on their nose and their ears. If it’s a windy day that’s especially dangerous,” said David Lytle with the Oregon Humane Society.