WNYers deal with dangerous, bone-chilling temps

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – When it’s cold, it can get dangerous if you’re out in the elements too long.  Unfortunately, some people can’t avoid being outside.

Waiting outside in bone-chilling temperatures is tough. Lamont Pinder, who was waiting outside for a bus on Thursday, said he wears lots of layers, and uses hand warmers.

Pinder said, “I just keep my mind off the cold. That’s the best thing I can do to keep warm.”

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For those whose night will end in a warm bed, it’s a little easier to hold onto that hardy Buffalo attitude toward the weather.

Bill Lubecki was waiting for the bus and said, “I’ve gotten used to it. Like I said, I can’t complain because the homeless people have it way worse.”

Ray Sliwinski spoke to News 4 about being homeless. He said, “People don’t realize, unless you’re out there doing this all night long, it’s a really hard situation to be in.”

Since the beginning of January, 23 nights of Code Blue have been in effect, giving the homeless a warm bed and a bite to eat.

Many homeless men are thankful for what St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy offers them.

Sliwinski said, “If it wasn’t for these people here, there would be a lot, a lot of dead people out there who have no place to go. There really would.”

Winter isn’t showing signs of going away yet, but the shelters are ready.

St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy’s Drew Bernstein said, “When I look at the forecast and I see this unending string of bad weather, I just batten down the hatches because I know the need is there, and I know I’ll spend a lot of sleepless nights. But that’s what we do.”

The next three days might not be cold enough for a Code Blue. Missionaries at  St. Luke’s say that potentially can be more dangerous because it’s still cold, but people are sleeping in the streets.

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