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As the mercury dips into the negative twenties across the Nicola Valley, the cold weather shelter is prepared for those in need.

“Winter is winter, if you’re needing to access the shelter, we’re seeing many people right now, the numbers are pretty high,” said Marlene Jones. “Certainly, we’re prepared if more people show up, we’re not at capacity every night.”

Earlier in the season, the shelter had been reporting they were at or even above capacity almost every night.

Along with the warm place to spend the night, the shelter also helps with proper winter clothing.

“We do have a small amount of (winter clothing), but if anybody has anything they’re willing to donate the staff would love to see them,” added Jones.

Temperatures in Merritt are currently forecasted to remain in the negative teens until Thursday.

 

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