A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Greater Cincinnati area until 7 a.m. Tuesday, with temperatures dropping below freezing today and tonight (per weather.com).
To help those experiencing homelessness as the snow begins to fall, local nonprofit Maslow's Army is heading to Fountain Square at 5 p.m. They will be deploying their buses to Fifth and Vine street downtown, near the Fountain Square Christmas Tree, so volunteers can pass out gloves, hats, coats, sleeping bags, blankets and hand warmers.
Then, around 5:30 or 5:45 p.m., the buses will take those on board to get a hot meal. (Bus capacity has been reduced to ensure COVID safety.)
Overnight, they'll continue to drive around downtown, acting as Mobile Warming Units to help those on the streets who need to get out of the cold.
"The numbers of those living outdoors on the streets of Cincinnati has increased 38% in 2020. So, we must increase our work and do all we can to saves lives and protect our vulnerable populations during these uncertain times,' said Maslow's Army chief advisor Brian Garry.
Maslow's Army will also be passing out hand sanitizer and face masks.
"It is the Mission of Maslow’s Army to meet the basic human needs of our most vulnerable citizens and to keep them safe", said Samuel Adams Landis, co-founder and executive director of Maslow’s Army.