Shortage of winter gear at local emergency shelters

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Today was a day to pull out the heavy duty winter wear. But, not all of our neighbors have a warm coat to zip up.

These extreme cold snaps take a toll on members of our community struggling to make ends meet. 

The shelves are the NEW Community Shelter are pretty bare at the moment. 

“Boy we can really use gloves, especially men’s gloves. Women’s gloves large coats” says the shelter’s Executive Director Terri Refsguard. 

The doors are open 365 days a year, to provide both an emergency shelter and transitional living program. 

“I came to work today all bundled up and I see our residents walking by in a thin coat and the little one-sized fits all gloves. You know today that is not cutting it” Refsguard says. 

Many of the 100 residents ride bicycles to get to work, or apply for jobs. They’re exposed to the elements.

“Seriously we could really use the winter wear, blankets, pillows always” she says. 

In addition to proving a home for hundreds of people each year, the shelter serves dinner to around 200 community members each night. 

“Within that crowd we see people coming in wearing pajama pants. We try to get them, if we have anything, and very discreetly say could you use a pair of jeans, gloves? We are working very hard to make that happen” Refsguard says. 

If you’re looking to donate and help warm someone up in this cold weather check out this list of local emergency shelters. 

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