Workers brave the elements for their jobs, community
The weather outside is so frigid, that people are encouraged to stay inside and stay warm. But what if that wasn't an option for you? What if your job depends on being outside in the elements?
The ice rink at the University Park Mall, is empty. The mall closed the rink Wednesday and Thursday, because they don't want visitors, or their employees outside when it's this cold out. But people in other jobs, don't have that luxury.
"I have three layers of pants on, three shirts, and a hoodie, and a jacket," says Martha Gillam. She dressed for work Wednesday.
As a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army, she stands outside for eight hours a day.
Sometimes, she admits, she has to remind herself why.
"I struggled through it and I made it through the night," she explains. "I want to do this, I chose to do this, and I'm not being forced into doing this. I like helping others, so if I give up, who's going to help them?"
After eight years of doing this, she has her strategy.
"Move around a lot," she laughs. "Just dance and sing."
She adds that it's important to take lots of breaks.
The Salvation Army encourages their bell ringers to dress in layers and go inside and keep warm. They provide them with thermal socks, hats, and hand warmers to help them out.
But bell-ringers are not the only ones outside in the cold.
Crossing guards, mailmen, and more, brave the arctic air, for the community. Every day, they help children cross the street, and make sure your mail arrives at your home. No matter the weather.
"I brave the cold because it's a worthy cause, you know," says Gillam. "I believe in helping others.
A warm heart, in the cold air. And a message on behalf of others in the elements.
"Somebody has to do it, so why not me?" Gillam says.