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Hundreds pack into People's City Mission to escape cold

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By: Bill Schammert

Around 350 people will pile into the People's City Mission Monday night to brave the cold, says director Pastor Tom Barber.

"Scares us to death because we really know that people can get hurt out there."

There's no turning people away when it gets this cold.  Pastor Barber says they'll let anyone stay that needs to escape temperatures that reached as cold as a -30 Wind Chill on Monday morning.

That includes people who've been kicked out before for alcohol or drug abuse, behavior problems, fighting, etc.

"It makes no difference, when it gets this cold, we let them in," Pastor Barber said.

Kenneth Love has been staying at the mission off on and on for a while, but as he pieces his life back together, he's on his way out.

Outside of the mission, he summed up the cold.

"I have a beard and mustache, within 30 seconds the condensation from my breath will freeze my mustache. Yeah, it's cold," Love said.

Pastor Barber expects between 140 and 160 men to stay at the mission, with close to 200 more women and children staying in the family shelter.

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