Shelter helps the homeless cope with the cold - FOX 13 News

Shelter helps the homeless cope with the cold

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PINELLAS PARK (FOX 13) -

As temperatures dipped across the Bay area Tuesday night, local homeless shelters bulked up efforts to keep their residents warm.

The Pinellas Hope organization spent Tuesday afternoon handing out extra blankets and sweatshirts to the 275 people who call it home.

"We do have space heaters throughout the camp, where all the residents are. We also have our staff offices and laundry rooms. We open those up in the evening in the colder weather to take their mats and blankets and sleep in there," Pinellas Hope's Pamela Long said Tuesday.

Most residents of Pinellas Hope live outside in tents. On Tuesday, the facility offered a free shuttle service to local indoor cold shelters.

Still, some decided to ride out the weather from the comfort of their own makeshift home.

"They pass out plenty of blankets, jackets, scarves, hats, anything you need," said Pinellas Hope resident Janine LaRonge.

Pinellas Hope has seen a sharp increase in their numbers due to the cold snap. Thankfully, they've also seen an uptick in donations of cold weather clothing.

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