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Bone-chilling temps pose danger to homeless


Tue, Feb 16th 2021 05:30 pm

Submitted by Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission

The homeless in the Niagara Region have been dealt a double-blow, said officials at Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.

“Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is doing everything possible to help, but we need community support to meet the most urgent needs,” Executive Director Tom McLaughlin said.

He added, “COVID has been a frightening ordeal for our homeless guests and our staff and volunteers. But this onslaught of snow/wind/blisteringly cold weather has made it even worse.”

According to Healthline.com, extreme cold temperatures can cause frostbite and other dangerous complications in under 30 minutes. The very old and young are in even more danger.

“Some of our homeless guests are showing signs of hypothermia, respiratory problems and more,” McLaughlin said. “And we are dealing with folks who have inadequate clothing for this weather, and are already suffering with colds, sinus issues, heart conditions and arthritis.”

McLaughlin said Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission needs donations of nonalcohol cold medications, cough drops, ibuprofen, lip balm and lotion. “Our greatest need is for water resistant gloves, new underwear and socks, gently used coats, and other cold weather clothing. You can’t imagine the suffering of someone who’s wearing wet socks or surviving without a coat or gloves in this weather.”

NGRM has sheltered an average 80 each night in January and February, despite the challenges of COVID-19.

“We are helping as many as possible under the circumstances,” McLaughlin said. “Community support is vital now so we can keep going.”

To make a financial donation, visit www.NiagaraGRM.org, or call 716-205-8805. To seek help for yourself or someone you know, call the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission’s help line at the same number.

Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) private organization providing transformational services to homeless men since 2007. The agency receives no government funding and offers its services to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, lifestyle or creed.

For more information, www.NiagaraGRM.org.

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