Capital Region Homeless Shelters in need of supplies for bitter cold ahead


Shelters across the Capital Region say they are in need of items like coats, wool socks, toiletries and monetary donations as they brace for the upcoming below zero temperatures.

Liz Hitt is the Executive Director of HATAS, The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, which oversees the various shelters in the Albany area.

"If you got a new pair of boots for Christmas, and you'd like to donate your old pair of winter boots, please do so," said Hitt.

She also said they need mens' wool socks because women can wear those as well.

"I can't emphasize socks enough, warm wool socks, because it's been snowing and its kinda slushy and your feet get wet and that's miserable. And that can be very dangerous, " said Hitt.

Over at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, Executive Director Pastor Perry Jones says they are really low on winter coats right now.

He says the chapel is open, as well as other rooms for people to get out of the cold. They also continue to serve food. It's not just a Christmas effort. And as more people come in, they have to call more staff.

It's a similar situation at the City Mission of Schenectady.

"You're shocked when people come in on these cold days, with snow, and they're just kinda wearing sneakers and a light coat," said Associate Executive Director Chris Silipigno.

He says they serve three meals a day, need coats, monetary donations, even toiletries like Shampoo, shaving cream and soap.

In Saratoga, CBS6 is told shelters have increased services as well, including serving additional meals, and need things like paper plates, plastic silverware toilet paper, milk and juice.

You can drop off supplies at any of the shelters, or make monetary donations online. They also urge you to help them get people off the street during the upcoming weather, saying if you see someone out, call a shelter or police.

Capital City Rescue Mission (518) 462-0459

Shelters of Saratoga (518) 581-1097

CIty Mission of Schenectady (518) 346 -2275

HATAS (518) 463-2124

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