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      Warming shelters provide refuge from bitter cold

      The Red Cross and local homeless shelters provided a warm place for people to stay on Monday, as dangerously-cold weather forced people indoors.

      About 25 homeless people took cover from the frigid temperatures at St. Paulâ??s Community Center in downtown Toledo. The shelter provided free food, warmth, and a bed for the night.

      â??The temperature is minus degrees, itâ??s below human existence,â?? said Lucas Walangie, who relocated to St. Paulâ??s after spending previous days huddled inside a bus station. â??Iâ??m very grateful to know a place like this that can give shelter.â??

      The Red Cross is also on stand-by at three warming shelters around Toledo. Volunteers are prepared to assist anyone affected by homelessness, power outages and other situations resulting from the weather.

      â??There may not be any power outages, but we are here in case of that kind of scenario,â?? said Melissa Napier from American Red Cross Disaster Services. Napier continued, â??People do have an immediate place to turn to if they do need our services.â??

      Those services do come with expectations of good behavior. One belligerent man at St. Paulâ??s Community Center learned the hard way when he found himself back in the cold. For everyone else, the community center will stay open until the cold subsides.The Red Cross will make a decision on continuing services at the warming shelters in the morning.VIEW ALL: Snow Emergencies and Event Cancellations due to weather