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Open Door Mission issues Code Blue Alert

Dec 26, 2017

The Open Door Mission has issued a Code Blue Alert with frigid temperatures expected over the next several days.

"Please everyone be alert, and be compassionate to those outside.  Let them know there is a place to go to be safe," said Assistant Development Director Christopher Scribani.

Winter is in full swing, and with single digit temperatures in the forecast, these are especially difficult times for the area's homeless.

"From my experience here for many years, how many people we've helped with clothing, we've seen a lot of people have lost toes due to hypothermia when we fit them for footwear," he said.

Credit opendoormission.com

The Open Door Mission's shelter on West Main Street can accommodate up to 70 people, and Scribani is asking the community if they see someone who is outside and appears to be in crisis, encourage them to get to a shelter.

If they are in desperate need of transportation, Scribani recommends calling police or 9-1-1.

He adds the extreme cold puts extra demands on Mission staff and supplies.

People can help by donating supplies or make a monetary donation at opendoormission.com.

He says people can also donate by texting opendoormission to 77977 on their phone.