Shelters preparing for cold weather

Shelters prepare for freezing temps

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Emergency shelters get ready to open early next week with the forecast calling for near or below freezing temperatures and possibly even some snow.

Temperatures may be in the 40s now, but when you don't have a place to call home, the thought of colder nights to come can be a pretty miserable one.

Angela Borovicka was evicted from her apartment last spring and has been without a home ever since. She is already cold, and knows it's going to get a lot colder.

"It's going to be not very fun, it's going to hurt a little, but getting prepared is the best," she said.

Nearly 1,900 people sleep outside in the greater Portland area. The city's shelters are full.

But when temperatures hit the freezing mark, those shelters will add temporary beds. The Union Gospel Mission is preparing to do just that. But it needs some help filling up its far-from-full donation closet.

The items it needs the most?

"Blankets are a big one, cold weather gear like hats, gloves, socks," said Union Gospel Mission Communications Director Stacey Kean. "We also love donations of coffee, so we can give coffee to our guests when they are warming up inside of the mission."

The Union Gospel Mission is also planning to give out 600 blankets to its guests on Christmas Day as part of its Christmas gift package.

But to do that, it will need a lot more blankets.

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