EUGENE, Ore. -- St. Vincent de Paul saw a huge turnout for the first night of their Egan Warming Center and are expecting another big crowd Wednesday night.
Tuesday night, 140 people showed up to the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center, according to Eileen Sigler with St. Vincent de Paul. Siglar said the number was more than they usually expect on the first night of activation and said she belives it comes as word about the services has gotten out and it shows just how cold it was.
St. Vincent de Paul opened the overnight shelter two weeks earlier than expected due to dangerously low temperatures.
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Russell Thalleimer, who is homeless, said services like the Egan Warming Center and others are crucial for them. On Wednesday, he got some warm clothes at the Eugene Mission and said he is making sure he is not only staying warm but also dry.
"I try to stay warm by dressing in layers," Thalleimer said. "Being able to change my clothes constantly because you get kind of sweaty and then you got to change your shirt and stuff."
Thalleimer said when he is not able to get into a shelter for the night, he will stay awake at night and sleep during the day when it's warmer.
Other Egan Warming Center sites are set to open on Nov. 15.