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Rescue missions prepared for bitterly cold temperatures

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Tina Romo is one of many people that call the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw home. She's glad to be here especially with our First Warn 5 team forecasting a couple of frigid nights ahead.

"We have nowhere to go," Romo said.

Romo said she knows what's it's like to spend a cold night outside, sleeping by railroad tracks.

"It was horrible. And I just kept my hood up and my hats on. I had double layer hats," Romo said.

Sapphire Torres and her son Alex are glad they'll be able to escape the below zero temperatures.

"I'm very thankful for them giving me a place to stay and my son. We've been homeless for two years," Torres said.

Torres said she's dealt with them before while sleeping in a car.

"It's just anything that anybody would want to experience," Torres said.

Same goes for Xavier Villarreal. Like Romo and Torres, he appreciates a warm bed, especially this time of year.

"I've stayed in places where it's real, real, real cold you know?” Villarreal said. “And so being in here is just helps me remember how blessed we are just having a warm place to stay you know?"

People at the City Rescue Mission said they're glad to help keep people out of the cold.

Marcia Reeves is spokeswoman for the rescue mission. She said no one will be turned away if they need a warm place to sleep this weekend, thanks to donations from the community.

"We're always prepared year after year when the cold weather comes upon us,” Reeves said. “So that when someone comes in we can make sure that they have what they need for this bitter cold."

But Reeves said the shelter needs a few things.

"Men's coats, men's hats, and men's gloves. And the larger sizes would really help us out," Reeves said.

Romo said that cold night along the tracks will stay with her. Hoping she never goes through that again.

"I thank god for everything. For the warm bed every day. Cause I haven't had one in years," Romo said.

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