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Code Blue Resources Running Thin
ALBANY -- When the thermometer dips as low as it has in recent days, it gets dangerous. Albany and Saratoga Springs have been in Code Blue for days now, Saturday being the last.
But not the last for long, another round starts back up again Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and it's stretching resources thin.
"This season so far has been the hardest because it's been the most consecutive days in a row. We've gone through some seasons where we've had two nights in a row, three nights in a row, but not six and seven," says Liz Hitt, Executive Director for HATAS
While they need warm coats and sleeping bags, monetary donations are of the utmost importance.
"Sometimes our shelters over-flow and we just don't have enough room within the shelter, so we need to pay to put people in motels that takes money."
Room is limited when dozens are in need. We're told on average Albany sees about 20 people per night, and in Saratoga, an average of 10 to 12 per night.
"This cold weather has really woken people up to what it's like outside, and just be glad that you're warm and housed because a lot of people are not," says Hitt.
Donations can be dropped off at HATAS (138 Central Avenue Albany 12206). Please call 463-2124 x203 to arrange a drop-off.