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SLO warming center needs food and supplies

Reginia Orton, right, and her daughter Marlena use the facilities at the Prado Day Center on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. The center opens a warming station in this common area for especially cold or wet nights.
Reginia Orton, right, and her daughter Marlena use the facilities at the Prado Day Center on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. The center opens a warming station in this common area for especially cold or wet nights. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County is requesting donations of food and supplies for its temporary warming center.

With the wet and cold weather continuing into January, the center has been unusually busy, CAPSLO wrote in a news release.

The warming center, which is at the Prado Day Center, has been open 14 days between Nov. 1 and Jan. 3, said Grace McIntosh, the deputy director of CAPSLO.

Last year, the center was open for 18 days total between November and April. Check-in for the shelter begins at 4:45 p.m., but anyone in need of shelter can come at any point during the evening. Pets are allowed.

Items needed include coffee, sleeping bags, trash bags, large backpacks, instant noodles, breakfast bars, socks, gloves and rain gear, according to the news release. CAPSLO also is asking for more volunteers. To volunteer, visit its website at www.capslo.org and click on the volunteer button.

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