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Emergency Shelter to Open 24 Hours, Ft. Mitchell Leaders Raise Funds

As temperatures remain low and the wind chill value drops to below zero, the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in Covington is opening its doors twenty four hours a day.

Typically, it houses homeless guests overnight only but the dangerously low temperatures in the region have prompted a temporary change. A homeless man in downtown Cincinnati was found frozen to death earlier this week.

The shelter put out a call on social media for help from the community:

1. If you see an adult needing shelter, please contact your police by calling the non emergency number in your city/county. They will be transporting. 
2. We are in need of daytime volunteers to help in shelter between the hours of 9 am - 5pm. You will be opening the door, handing out clothing and anything else that is needed. Great volunteer opportunity for students. Looking for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. 
3. Donate men's size M, L, XL, XXL sweatpants, pj bottoms & coats size XXL or larger. 
4. Updated- Meals are COVERED! Lunch for 40-50 on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. We will take the first ones that comment. Prefer pizza or brown bag meals.

Any questions, please call shelter at (859)291-4555 or email [email protected].

Meanwhile, a friendly competition to help raise funds for the shelter emerged in Ft. Mitchell.

Mayor Jude Hehman and Police Chief Andrew Schierberg are working to out-raise each other for this cause. Both used their birthdays as an opportunity to raise money, using a new offering on Facebook to solicit donations to a charity.

Hehman has raised more than $1,500 and Schierberg brought in over $1,200. The funds will help roughly 150 guests.

To assist the shelter, click here for more information.

-Staff report