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Red Cross deploys warming shelters

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The volunteer staff of the American Red Cross set up disaster relief warming shelters before the coldest weather in 20 years set in.

While their three locations are spread throughout Toledo, they share one thing in common: service.

It's not just a place to warm your hands; they also have free coffee, meals and toiletries. Deb Angel was running the UAW Local 12 site near the Old West End.

"For me... I know that I have needed a lot of assistance in the past and may need some again in the future," Angel said.  "And I would like someone to be there with a hand that I can just grab onto and say, welcome. You know, this is a safe place for you."

Attendance was light, with travel early Tuesday morning again barred by a Level Three snow emergency.  Still, we talked with several TARTA workers, who were grateful for a moment out of the cold. Angel helped four people find a safe place to sleep Monday night. For her, the cold and snow have personal meaning.

"I have a daughter who was born in the blizzard of '78.  I had a snowmobile accompany me in a car to make sure I did not get stuck on the roads. They accompanied me all the way to the hospital, and I was given a beautiful gift, a baby girl."

That gift now paid forward to those in their own time of need.

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