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Deep freeze pushing Calgary shelters to capacity

Last Updated Dec 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm MDT

(City of Calgary)

With an extreme cold warning in effect for Calgary, local shelters are seeing the common effect of more customers and need for certain items.

Both the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre and the Mustard Seed are hitting their respective capacities.

Mustard Seed communications specialist Diana Comelo said when it comes to items, the key ones are mitts or gloves.

“We run out regularly, they are something people can just donate at our downtown location,” she said. “It would really help meet the need as people are walking by and we are just handing them out.”

Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre executive director Debbie Newman is reporting 900 to 1,000 people a night.

She said her facility also needs mitts and gloves, along with for thermal underwear and winter boots.

“We want to ensure that when people do leave the building they have all the adequate equipment so that they don’t get frostbite,” Newman said.

Comelo reminds the public that if someone is seen in need of help outdoors, residents should call 211.

The cold weather – with an expected low of -41 for Saturday – has also had its usual effect on the roads.

Calgary Police report 252 crashes between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, with 13 involving injury.