Portland homeless shelters need warm clothes

Portland homeless shelters need warm clothes

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by Pat Dooris

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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 8:25 PM

PORTLAND - Weeks of cold weather have drained emergency clothing supplies from Portland homeless shelters.

Arturo Cabrales Jr. is spending his 13th winter living on the chilly streets. He wears four layers of clothes and wishes he had more.

“(It's) very, very cold,” he said. “Yeah we need more clothing more shoes and stuff like that,” said Cabrales Jr.

“Your face gets so numb where you're just like, 'okay, well it’s there at least I know that,' but literally, you can’t feel it,” Jessie Love said.

Mark Saffer said he and a roommate lost their home 10 days ago. The streets have not been kind at night.

“Night before last, I was sitting out here and ended up with hypothermia. If it wasn’t for some kids covering me up, I probably would be dead,” said Saffer.

Inside the Union Gospel Mission, a peek inside the emergency clothing room reveals few winter clothes.

“Fairly empty, a few sweaters, a few heavier coats but we can always use heavier coats,” said spokesman Stacy Kean.

Last year, the mission gave out 2,000 jackets, 6,000 pair of socks and 2,000 blankets.

With the winter chill, they need more donations.

Not far away, at the Portland Rescue Mission,the drain on emergency clothing is clear. It's going out the door every frigid day.

“We're not used to seeing temperatures this low for weeks on end, so we're getting rid of them really quickly," said spokesman Brian Merrill.

The icy weather hits many hard including 50-year-old Ron Sedillo. He and many other homeless are looking for anyway to get  out of the cold.

“It’s been miserable. It’s getting really, really cold out now,” Sedillo said.

If you'd like to donate, you can simply take warm clothes to your favorite shelter and drop them off.

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