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When temperatures go down, volunteers step up

Posted at 10:55 AM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 10:56:04-05

CINCINNATI — When temperatures fell from Sunday to Monday, local volunteers mobilized to help people experiencing homelessness in the Tri-State.

Volunteers with Maslow's Army loaded food, coats and other supplies into a bus and headed out to provide as much help as they could.

"They said, we didn't know the temperatures were going down so far and it's dangerous," Maslow's Army Chief Adviser Brian Garry said.

When the temperatures fall like this, people experiencing homelessness try to stay warm in shelters. However, the shelters fill up quickly so people continue to look for a place to stay.

"It's their right to get out of the cold and at least try to survive," Carolyn Downing, a volunteer with Maslow's Army, said. "I feel like if you see someone and you're able to help them and you don't that's just wrong."

"One person, he could barely walk," Garry said. "Unfortunately [shelters] wouldn't take him." Maslow's Army did find a shelter in northern-Kentucky for this person to stay in.

Maslow's Army said they will continue to help people get out of the cold Monday and Tuesday night.

"I feel like if you see someone and you're able to help them and you don't," Downing said, "that's just wrong."