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Code Blue breaking records this winter
ALBANY -- It may seem as though old man winter is taking his time leaving the Capital Region. But for the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society, or HATAS, they have just over a month left of helping those without a place to go stay warm on winter's most brutal nights. As long as it's less than 10 degrees, or 12 inches of snow, Code Blue takes effect.
They say this year has opened eyes.
"We helped Saratoga get up and running, their Colde Blue shelter. Also now there's a shelter in Glens Falls. SO just spreading the word, that's been for the first time this year, that's new. So, that's been the best thing that could have happened," Liz Hitt tells us, executive director of HATAS
The Capital City Rescue Mission is one of the Code Blue locations for shelters around our region. But when these fill up they have to put people up in motels which cost money. so they need monetary donations because this year has been a record breaking one.
"The second highest season on record was 279 Code Blue nights, so we will double what we've ever done in the past," Hitt says.
They tell us so far this year they've collected over 3,000 coats. That's up from 1,200 last year. But those coats have already been given out, meaning they need more supplies.
"And if it keeps up like this we're going to need a lot more coats, a lot more donations, just anything people can think of for winter," says Hitt.
We're told as of January 27th, there were 502 people served, and over 35 code blue nights. Plus, last week there was three more nights issued. Last year there were only 22 code blue nights, and the winter before that, only 7. Code Blue runs until March 15th.
If you would like to donate to HATAS, you can visit their website at www.hatas.org