Donations pouring in to flooded Winnipeg homeless shelter

Donations are pouring into Siloam Mission after a burst pipe flooded a storage room at the shelter Thursday, ruining thousands of dollars worth of food, clothing and medical supplies.
Siloam Mission's executive director, Floyd Perras, shows where some of the water from the burst sprinkler system leaked onto supplies at the shelter Thursday. (CBC)

Donations are pouring into Siloam Mission after a burst pipe flooded a storage room at the shelter Thursday, ruining thousands of dollars worth of food, clothing and medical supplies.

Siloam spokesperson Elizabeth Creed said shelter officials are still adding up the damage, but at least $10,000 worth of dental and medical supplies were ruined and the medical centre, which usually sees 60 people a day, will remain closed for the time being.

"The medical centre was damaged, so we're going to need new medical equipment and supplies for that area so cash donations would really go a long way for that."

Creed said she's overwhelmed with the donations of cash and clothes people have been dropping off since the calamity struck.

"We've been getting so many phone calls asking what they can do to help," she said. "We had people driving by yesterday just running in saying, 'I heard what happened, what can we do?' So we're just reallly appreciating all the support."

The shelter beds, drop-in centre and kitchen are open.

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