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Frigid temps put strain on shelter resources

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Each and every winter, the number of people seeking shelter climbs. 

So far, this year has been a rough one.

"We see people that come in with their stocking caps frozen to their heads, their eyebrows frozen, and they're not properly dressed," Marcia Langenderfer, the Executive Director of St. Paul's Community Center, said.

Volunteers at St. Paul's have already served 500 meals since the beginning of the month.

The overnight shelter also had to extend hours on the coldest days to make sure they needy had somewhere to go.

"We were planning on being open at least January, February and hopefully March so we're going to need resources to maintain," Langenderfer said.

Resources like hats, gloves, socks and underwear are highest on the list for St. Paul's and other area shelters.

"We have seen about a 20% increase over the last month," Dan Rogers, President and CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries told 13abc.

The frigid January temperatures have brought in nearly 300 men and women an night.

In fact, Rogers says Cherry Street is experiencing late February supply numbers.

"The need continues to be great particularly around food service and days that are cold like this," Rogers said.

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