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Shelter in Need of OTC Cold and Flu Medicines

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As a result of the cold snap, our area homeless are always the first to feel the effects of the weather change and tonight it has the folks at the Good Samaritan rescue mission calling for help.

The shelter is in need of things to keep you warm like jackets and sweaters, but another request might surprise you -- they're also asking for things to help the homeless recover from the flu.

"We presently in need of cold weather clothing, beanies, socks, gloves. And big thing right now we could use is, traditional OTC the medication, cough drops. We know as you know from news reports, that the flu is hitting the city really hard right now," says Good Sam Rescue Mission Program Director Rafael Ortiz.

Ortiz says anytime temperatures drop below 60 degrees, they consider that a critical emergency for those living on the streets. There are about 200 permanent bunks at the shelter, but since it will be cold for the next few weeks, they expect to use their overflow mattresses, which they will set up in the lobby.  

The front desk of the good Sam is open 24/7 so you can drop off your donations of cold weather gear or over the counter medications at any time. They are also looking for cash donations or propane tanks to offset the cost of running their heaters all day and all night. The Good Sam is located at 210 South Alameda St which is near Kinney Street.

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