OKLAHOMA CITY – A makeshift homeless camp at a warehouse near downtown Oklahoma City seemed to be deserted.
Piles of blankets and possessions abandoned as their owners sought shelter from the cold.
Then we noticed some movement.
There was actually a human underneath one of those piles.
Robert Johnson said he planned to sleep outside Sunday night.
“You would be surprised up under these covers,”Johnson said. “I mean because I got so many and they thick and your body heat helps keep you warm also but I can stand some cold.”
Johnson said he prefers the frigid temperatures to the crowds at the shelters.
“Tonight, it’ll probably be really crowded,” Johnson said. “Like I said I don’t like crowds. I’ll be good right here. I’ll be good right here.”
“Unfortunately, not everybody wants to come in and abide by rules and whatnot so that’s kind of their choice,” Mike Bateman said, with The Jesus House.
At the Jesus House, they rolled out 14 extra what they call “cold weather” beds.
They’re for people like Ruddy Nugent who have no electricity at their homes.
“It’s cold in that house so I had to come in here and sleep,” Nugent said.
And they’re for Jon Peterson who has spent numerous cold nights on the streets.
“You get everybody together, you cuddle up, pray to God and just hope nothing happens through the night,” Peterson said.
“I’ve been out colder than this,” Johnson said.
Johnson assured us he’d be just fine bundled up where he was.
“Long as it ain’t too cold, I’ll be all right,” he said.
The Salvation Army’s warming center on S. Harvey is in emergency mode and open 24/7 to provide warmth.