CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Homeless shelters in Calgary are pleading for donations of water and sunscreen following a stretch of hot weather and more in the forecast next week.
The Mustard Seed says there’s an urgent need for bottled water.
We are VERY low on bottled water for our guests. With hot days ahead we are urgently asking for donations.
We gratefully accept donations accept donations at our Downtown Support Centre @ 102 11 Ave SE or at our Foothills Shelter @ 7025 44 St SE. ????
— The Mustard Seed Calgary (@mustardseedyyc) June 23, 2021
Drew Gusztakm, Volunteer Resources & Street Level Manager, says the shelter has already gone through a few hundred cases within the past week.
“It happened so suddenly due to the heatwave and our clients coming in and requesting water that it took us by surprise,” said Gusztakm. “This could be a serious crisis for us if we don’t get ahead of it right now.”
He says those living on the streets are at risk of dehydration, heatstroke, or worse.
“In the years where we noticed a lot of smoke from the forest fires up north, people did die on the streets because of the heat, absolutely.”
Donations can be dropped off at The Mustard Seed’s Downtown Support Centre on 11 Avenue SE or its Foothills Emergency Shelter on 44 Street SE.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Calgary Drop-In Centre tweeted it is in need of donations of sunscreen.
Hey #YYC! With all the hot, sunny weather we are experiencing, we are in urgent need of sunscreen! Can you help? Donations can be dropped off at our Donation Centre (3640 11a Street NE) Mon – Fri, 8a – 6p and Sat/Sun, 9a – 6p. pic.twitter.com/ITMt1QUMlD
— Calgary Drop-In Centre (@calgarydropin) June 23, 2021
Donations can be dropped off at 11A Street NE.