Springfield Rescue Mission making room for more people during extreme cold

Hampden County

With temperatures dipping dangerously low Monday night, the Springfield Rescue Mission is making room for more people. 

Monday morning, the mission invited people to stop in to pick up winter clothing.

Some 50 people came by for socks, coats, and gloves. Anything they needed in this extreme cold. They also added extra cots at their Taylor Street Shelter. 

Being stuck outside in extreme wind chills, for even a short period of time can be incredibly dangerous. Executive Director of the Springfield Rescue Mission, Ron Willoughby told 22News, what the mission is doing for those in need.  

“Right here tonight we have extra beds and we’re going to have beds, cots, chairs that sort of thing available,” said Willoughby. “On a night like tonight you have to make exceptions, and you do the best with what you have. It would take a very short time for them to be in critical condition.”

Several cities and towns opened up “warming centers” Monday night to make sure people had a way to get out of the cold. 

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