Freezing temps pack emergency shelters

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 7:42 PM

SEATTLE -- Stand-by emergency shelters are accommodating the homeless facing freezing temperatures on the streets. The Rainier Room at the Seattle Center opened its doors to anyone who needed to get in from the cold.

Michael Cross of Seattle was grateful for a warm place to spend the night. "I usually don't go to shelters, but it's been so cold, night after night," said Cross.
 
Cross was one of dozens of people who pulled out sleeping bags or blankets and found a spot on the floor.

"I got here early and went to sleep, when I got up to use the restroom, I was surprised to see how many more people were here," said Cross.

The Salvation Army monitored the shelter Sunday night.
 
Union Gospel Mission was also helping out. Volunteers hit the streets overnight with food, hot drinks and blankets.

Dru Lee from Union Gospel Mission said, "this is what we do, it's a need."
 
Most shelters require people to leave at 7 a.m. The Seattle Center Armory (formerly the Center House) allows people to come inside to stay warm during daylight hours.

"It's still really cold, and we're just people, we don't want to cause any problems, we just want to get warm," said Cross.
 

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