Cold weather means organizations are looking for more warm clothes

“Surely much more is needed, just because it’s so much cooler.”

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With wind chill temperatures soaring to -40 degrees Celsius over the weekend, local organizations are trying to distribute more winter clothes to meet the growing needs.

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Nissa Banu, the Saskatchewan regional coordinator for Islamic Relief Canada, said the organization was running its “Share Your Warmth” campaign in Saskatchewan again this winter. After receiving donations from across Canada throughout the year, the organization purchases winter clothing and hygiene supplies.

These items are packaged into winter kits and distributed to local organizations across the country.

Bano said partner organizations across Saskatchewan are seeing an increased demand for winter clothing with the recent cold snap.

“There is more need and there are more people who are coming into[those organizations]. Even if they are not staying in these shelters, they are going out and asking about things that they may not be able to afford or have, so certainly these are the conversations we have with many homestays. accommodation,” she said.

“Surely much more is needed, just because it’s so much cooler.”

Temperatures ranged between -20°C and -25°C for most Saturdays and Sundays, with temperatures dropping below -40°C at times, according to Environment Canada data. Saskatchewan experienced record cold temperatures during late December and early January.

At Carmichael Outreach, development coordinator Aurora Marinari said the organization has been able to keep up with demand for some items like coats and shoes, but is struggling to keep up with the need for other items.

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“We are in dire need of gloves, mittens and underwear,” said Marinari, adding that there was a particular need for men. First aid kits are also needed to help treat people with frostbite.

“We’ve found that the need is increasing because people know they can come here to warm up, have a cup of hot coffee, and have a hot lunch.”

Anyone interested in donating clothing to Carmichael Outreach can drop off items at 1510 12th Ave. during working hours.

The Newo-Yotina Friendship Center (NYFC) took to Facebook on Wednesday, soliciting donations of winter clothing to meet the “increasing demand” of things like jackets, sweaters, tees, gloves, scarves and socks.

Donations can be dropped at NYFC at 1635 11th Ave. during working hours.

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