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Shelters in Mid-South prepare for winter storm, cold temperatures

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On Saturday, the Union Mission was prepped to shelter anyone who can't bear the cold. On Saturday, the Union Mission was prepped to shelter anyone who can't bear the cold.
This weekend, they helped the shelter serve and stock up. This weekend, they helped the shelter serve and stock up.
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(WMC-TV) – Some shelters across the Mid-South are already open during this cold snap. The Union Mission is the largest haven for the homeless in the region and has already launched their emergency plan.

The Mid-South's largest homeless mission is in high gear with a one-two weather punch heading our way.

Randy Daniels, with Union Mission said, "We don't turn away anyone, especially on a cold night."

A winter storm is on the radar and dangerously low temperatures are right behind it. On Saturday, the Union Mission was prepped to shelter anyone who can't bear the cold.

Daniels said, "Making sure we have enough places for the guys to sleep, enough mats, enough bedding."

Walking in Authority Ministries participants are among the shelter's 1,500 volunteers each month. This weekend, they helped the shelter serve and stock up.

Yvette Hendree said, "It could be any of us that could be homeless, that could be living on the street so I would want somebody to take care of me, if I was in need."

The Mission set up an overflow area with extra beds in what they call their Opportunity Center. They expect their biggest crowd Monday, when it gets extra cold.

In the end, the mission says God always provides.

"As I got the count of the blankets, a lady from Trinity Baptist Church called and she said ‘We have a whole bunch of blankets, can you use them?'" said Daniels.

Hendree said, "My heart goes out because some nights it's been very cold and I have a place to stay, a bed to sleep in, blankets to put on. Some people don't have that, so they're on the street and they're freezing."

The City of Memphis Cold Weather Policy is in effect. They have opened a public warming center at the Orange Mound Community center located at 2572 Park Avenue that will open Sunday evening.

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