Donations down at Calgary's Inn from the Cold
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Donations down at Calgary's Inn from the Cold

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The homeless are top of mind during dangerously cold conditions like this, but it’s not just the deep freeze that has a Calgary shelter worried.

Inn from the Cold is bracing for a tough 2019 after seeing a decline in donations, coupled with a significant increase in the number of families seeking help.

In 2018, we had to activate our overflow shelter 137 times, which was a 600 per cent increase from 2017, plus with the current economic situation, we saw a 30 per cent decrease in our holiday giving donations,” explained shelter spokesperson Kara Layher.

While the charity does have enough winter clothing right now, it’s very short of warm boots and shoes for all ages.

Layer adds, Inn from the Cold is also in need of gift cards and baby items.