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Published: Monday, 1/6/2014

Perrysburg Heights Community Center open for warm shelter

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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The Perrysburg Heights Community Center has opened its doors until Wednesday to anyone in need of heat and shelter during this snow storm and below 0 temperatures.

The community center is in the Perrysburg Heights neighborhood at 12282 Jefferson St and has 15,000 square feet. 

Jason Craig, the Perrysburg Heights Community Association's treasurer, invites anyone in northwest Ohio that needs heat. The center opened for people on Sunday, but at midday Monday there were just 10 children playing together there. 

"There are a lot of older houses or trailer parks in the area where people might need heat," Mr. Craig said. 

He said he is "cool" with it turning into a place to drop of children to hang out during the day. But Mr. Craig expected some people will stay over night as wind gusts continue and the temperatures go down further.

"It is seriously cold," he said. "People don't realize how cold it is."

The center has food for guests. Mr. Craig said they have soup, hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, french fries, donuts, and nachos among other things.

A private snowplow service, Riddle Snow Services of Perrysburg, on Monday donated its time to clear Jefferson Street and the community center's parking lot to allow access to the shelter.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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