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Bitter cold is reminder of plight of homeless

On Sunday night, when temperatures were expected to plunge to the single digits, people gathered to remember the more than 20 homeless people in Lexington who died this year of causes including hypothermia.

The candlelight vigil, sponsored by the Hope Center as part of the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, was at the George Privett Recovery Center on Loudon Avenue. The service also remembered those who died of natural causes, murder or suicide.

People experiencing homelessness are three to four times as likely to die prematurely as those who don't, according to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

Each person attending the vigil was asked to bring a warm item of clothing or a loaf of bread that would be given to people currently at the shelter.

To learn more about homelessness, the Hope Center and how you can help, volunteer or donate, visit

Herald-Leader Staff Report