Drop-In Centre has no winter clothes for homeless

The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre has virtually no cold weather gear to give out just as hundreds of homeless people are showing up in search of winter coats.

Calgary shelter urgently in need of cold weather gear for hundreds of people

The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre's Jordan Hamilton looks through what's left of the shelter's depleted clothing supply. (CBC)

CBC coat drive to help the Drop-In Centre:

Please bring your donations of warm winter coats, gloves, scarves and toques to CBC Calgary at 1724 Westmount Blvd. N.W. until Nov. 12.

The Calgary Eyeopener crew will deliver the donations to the Drop-In Centre.

The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre has virtually no cold weather gear to give out just as hundreds of homeless people are showing up in search of winter coats.

The DI’s clothing store was devastated in the June flood, losing $50,000 worth of inventory, said Jordan Hamilton, manager of external relations for the centre.

As of Sunday the store had just two winter coats, and no hats, mitts, scarves or boots.

Hamilton said he’s expecting almost 200 people to show up on Monday looking for winter clothing.

Jordan Hamilton, manager of external relations at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, says the shelter has almost completely run out of winter clothing for its clients. (CBC)

“It's heartbreaking, our staff didn't come to work for the Drop-in Centre so they can say no, they want to say ‘yes, we have it, we can help,’” he said.

The DI is the largest homeless shelter in North America, with as many as 1,800 people coming through its doors on a busy day, said Hamilton.

Michelle Durocher, who sleeps at the DI, doesn’t have a coat, boots or gloves.

“We're everyday people that just find ourselves in bad situations,” she said.

“I've been here off and on for five years. They've helped me out a lot, through my addictions.”

The DI is accepting donations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. CBC Calgary is also collecting items at the broadcasting centre at 1724 Westmount Blvd. N.W. until Nov. 12.

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