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In case you hadn’t noticed, it has been pretty cold outside these days.

That bit of snark aside, Manitoba has been stuck in a deep freeze for the last several days, and it shows no signs of abating.

Environment Canada’s seven-day forecast suggests another week of below normal temperatures. Sometime tonight we’re scheduled to hit -31 C and a high of -20 tomorrow, though the average daytime temperature for Brandon on Dec. 11 would be around -9 C, according to the website WeatherSpark.com.

And believe it or not, it’s still not officially winter yet.

As cold as it is, and with all the headaches that come along with it —car problems, heating bills, and the like — we just wanted to remind folks that some of our citizens need a little extra help to stay warm for the winter months, and that need is now.

Brandon’s Safe and Warm program — a joint effort between Helping Hands Soup Kitchen, the Salvation Army, local churches, Samaritan House Ministries, Prairie Mountain Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association — is still in need of funding to operate.

“We’re trying to find a solution and we’re trying to do it fast,” program chairwoman Rhonda Smith told the Sun recently.

This year the shelter will have a permanent location at the Helping Hands building.

The program has been trying to deal with homeless people on a case-by-case basis to help them find a place to stay during this December cold snap, but the service usually begins in January. And due to a lack of funds, Safe and Warm can only afford to have it open for about five nights a week even after it does start up.

A little donation can go a long way to keeping folks warm when the weather turns frigid.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 10, 2013

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