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Halifax drop-in centre prepares for Friday’s expected cold weather

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WATCH ABOVE: Friday is expected to be one of the coldest days of the year so far. Global's Steve Silva reports on how one drop-in centre is preparing for it – Dec 15, 2016

As the Halifax region braces itself for one of the coldest days so far this season, a drop-in centre says it’s making preparations no matter how many or few people they see come through the doors.

A special weather statement is in effect in the Halifax region as wind chill values are expected to see Friday morning temperatures feeling like close to -30 C, according to Environment Canada. There is also “significant risk of frostbite,” the organization warned on its website.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, a drop-in centre, will have more people coming in for help on potentially one of the coldest days so far this season.

READ MORE: Temperatures to feel like -30C in Halifax later this week

“They can’t get out. They don’t have boots, they don’t have proper footwear or jackets to get out, and it’s cold, and the sidewalks can be very dangerous because of the ice,” said Michelle Porter, the centre‘s executive director.

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But for those who can get to the centre, donated winter clothing is available.

Porter said the centre is preparing for the weather by making sure there is enough food available for meals, but donations of winter coats are needed.

READ MORE: Halifax emergency homeless shelter seeing increased demand

Patricia Heighton, who visited the centre to get clothing, said she has shelter for this week, but the chilly weather is still a challenge.

“This situation I’m in with the homeless, it’s damn hard to cope, I’ll tell you straight,” she said.

Halifax police said they have to bundle up as well when the temperatures drops, but it reminds them of what they need to look out for as well.

“We’ll be extra vigilant, keeping an eye out for people who are in need,” Const. Dianne Penfound said.

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