Warming centers open to anyone seeking relief from the cold

Warming centers open to anyone seeking relief from the cold

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The City of Memphis opened three "warming centers" Wednesday night for people seeking relief from the winter weather.

"It's ridiculous, and I'm not going to let my child freeze," said NaAndre Pressley.

His decision to find a warm place for the night was an easy one because his 10-year-old son's safety was his primary concern.

"I'd rather him be warm than to be freezing," said Pressley.

Pressley and several others sought shelter at the Orange Mound Community Center by the time the temporary warming center, located in an activity room, had officially opened. The city decided to open three such centers as a result of the tumbling temperatures.

"It's dangerous weather,"said Pressley.

MATA offers free rides to the warming centers. That's how many people got there Wednesday night.

"I decided to come in and get warm," said Herman Mosley.

Like Pressley, Mosley has no working heat in his home.

"Work has slowed down, so I ain't been able to keep it up," said Mosley.

He told us some of his friends would never come to a warming center. But he considers it a blessing.

"When the temperature gets down to a certain temperature, your body's not going to be able to stand it," said Mosley. "You've got to have some heat."

"Hold your pride," said Pressley. "Don't be afraid to ask somebody for a little help, because it never hurts to ask."

In addition to the Orange Mound Community Center, the Gaston and Ed Rice Community Centers are also open.

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