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La Crosse's warming center filling up on cold nights

LA CROSSE, Wis. - As the days continue to get colder, more and more people are looking for a warm place to spend the night.

The La Crosse Warming Center opened its doors just a few weeks ago.

Volunteers have already had to turn away people on three nights because the center reached its capacity.

The director of the warming center also says this year more women have been taking advantage of the center. "We had 15 people that first night and 10 of the people were men and 5 were women which surprised me because last year we had 80 percent men and only 20 percent women and so that was a significant increase in the amount of women.  Like I said, already 15 the first night was scary, but we've been averaging 13 a night," said Director Mary Fitzpatrick.

The warming center is open every night at 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Main Street.

The center is looking for volunteers as well as donations.  If you'd like to help you can send donations to:

Catholic Charities
P.O. Box 266 La Crosse, WI 54602

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