Residents prepare to keep themselves, and others, warm - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents prepare to keep themselves, and others, warm

The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry prepares food and passes out warm clothing to the homeless. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry prepares food and passes out warm clothing to the homeless. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Braving the cold weather isn't easy, but we found dozens of Memphians who aren't letting the cold weather slow them down.

Zito Aur is just one of more than two dozen members from the Memphis Blues Soccer Team practicing at the Grace St.Luke's Soccer Field. The team practices every Wednesday night, regardless if it's sunshine, rain, or just plain cold.

"We just layer up, you see the gloves and hat," said Aur. "We sent out an email and this morning, people responded so we play."

People with the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry scoured the streets of Memphis and spent the evening riding down the streets looking for homeless people in need of blankets, water, and food.

"My hopes are that they will be inside and we won't find anyone," said Hudson.

She hopes people will be inside at places like The Orange Mound Community Center, which is being used as a heating station for those in need, or The Union Mission, a men's shelter in downtown Memphis.

Jeff Patrick with the Mission says a warm place to stay is the difference between life and death.

"Regardless, we will not turn any man away," said Patrick. "This is life saving for some men, men who would rarely go to any shelter are here tonight."

The city's warming center at the Orange Mound Community Center will be open from 7 p.m. on Wednesday and until 7 a.m. on Thursday, 2572 Park Avenue.

Additionally, people seeking overnight accommodations can go to The Union Mission located at 383 Poplar Ave. or The Salvation Army located at 696 Jackson Avenue. MATA will provide transportation to all three locations. You can reach MATA at 901-722-7129.

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