Freeze shelters are gearing up for the cold temperatures predicted to sweep across the Ohio Valley Wednesday night.
The Freeze Shelter on 15th Street run by the Youth Services System in Wheeling is set up and ready for guests Wednesday evening.
“We always have a hot meal waiting for everyone. Beds are assigned,” said John Moses, the CEO at Youth Services System. “There’s always a lot of conversation, a little community going on and then most people are very anxious to get under warm blankets.”
The Ohio Valley will be under a windchill advisory by 1 a.m. overnight Wednesday into Thursday with winds reaching more than 20 miles per hour and temperatures struggling to stay above zero for most of the Ohio Valley with lows expected to drop to -2 overnight.
Staying out in the cold on a night like Wednesday tonight for only a few minutes could have long term or deadly side effects.
If viewers are aware of someone out on the street or even a neighbor going through tough times without heat this winter, the Freeze Shelter is here to help. They open at 10 p.m. and there is room still available during this current deep freeze.
Donations of blankets, coats, or food are welcome. People interested in volunteering can stop by the YSS Freeze Shelter on 15th Street in Wheeling between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or can call (304) 233-9627.
Moses says that while there are people in need in the Wheeling area, the neighborhood has always been there to lend a helping hand.
“The Ohio Valley has very generous people. We provide a space but the volunteers are from the community, the donations are from the community,” said John Moses. “We are simply the instrument of all that love and compassion and we’re happy to do it.”