Salvation Army's Operation Deep Freeze in effect

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Now that December is here, the winter weather's pouring into the Old Pueblo in full force.

And not everyone has a warm place to stay.

Those without a place to stay carry their belongings, hands in pockets, waiting for a warm place to stay.

From 3:00-5:00 P.M., people stop by for a warm meal, towels and a blanket.

"This is my first time out here and I'm really nervous and scared, but I'm working at it," said Donna Martinez.

Donna Martinez never thought she'd be here, but when money got tight and her health took a turn for the worse, she started sleeping on the streets.

But now, there's no crying, Donna knows she's in good hands, thanks to people like Salvation Army chef Henry Hunter.

"I enjoy doing it and they seem to enjoy it so it makes it worthwhile to me," said Salvation Army chef Henry Hunter.

Hunter says during this time of year, the community's always stepping up to help with donations.  Not just food, but warm clothes to fight the cold.

"I've gotten this jacket and this scarf and hat," said Martinez.

They're small comforts that make a big difference.

"If it wasn't for these places I would be out there and I'd probably be in a mental hospital because I'd be so stressed and nervous about being out there," Martinez said.

Luckily, at least for now, Donna doesn't have to worry.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the thirties during the next few nights.  The Salvation Army expects Operation Deep Freeze to continue through Tuesday.