Winter is coming as temperatures start to plummet — and children staying at The Good Shepherd's Family Centre shelter now face the prospect of heading to school without mittens or gloves.

There are currently 87 people staying in the shelter, which offers temporary emergency accommodations, says Program Manager Grace Baldwin.

Of those 87 people, 51 are children.

"We're at basically full capacity," Baldwin said. "We serve lots of children, and we don't want anyone to be cold walking to school."

There are 20 families staying at the shelter, many of whom are refugees from warmer climates, about to bear the brunt of a Canadian winter for the very first time.

"A lot of families are starting from scratch, coming with just one suitcase per person," she said.

"We really do rely on the generosity of the community … we've gone through a lot of what we previously had donated."

Anyone looking to donate can do so at the development office, at 10 Delaware Ave. on Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.