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Hiway 80 Rescue Mission needs cold-weather gear

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 8:24 am, Fri Nov 29, 2013.

By Angela Ward

The recent spell of freezing weather has increased the need for donations of hats, coats, gloves and scarves at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Director Eric Burger said.

“Our dayroom is packed,” Burger said. “A lot of the men who would normally be out working, or looking for work, are staying in because of the cold, wet conditions.”

Because of the weather, the mission has implemented its life-threatening policy procedures, which means shelter is provided to anybody in need, even if they have a record of not having complied with the organization’s rules in the past, he said. When the weather is less severe, the residents must adhere to the shelter’s policy in order to stay there.

“This weather is actually more life-threatening than snow, because when people get wet and don’t have any insulation, it’s very dangerous,” Burger said.

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