Homeless shelter sends out request for hot-weather supplies

BOISE - As temperatures rise, beating the heat becomes a big concern for the Treasure Valley's homeless population.

Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise is sending out a plea for donations of hot weather supplies, including sunscreen, lip balm, reusable water bottles, and aloe vera. The organization says these are must-have items for homeless people who spend their days outdoors.

Interfaith also asks that you call 911 if you see a homeless person who might be suffering from sun exposure or heat stroke.

"This has been a crazy weather year for Idaho," said spokesperson Jodi Peterson. "One day you may prepare well and you may know it's going to be warm and suddenly the next day its 50 degrees and the next day it's 92 degrees. They are basically going outside as the day begins, and they may or may not have a very long day of high heat.

Right now, Boise has no plans to open a temporary cooling station for homeless families. The city says they open the shelter when temperatures are above 95 degrees for a sustained period of time.

This week, temperatures are expected to peak at 97 degrees on Wednesday before dropping down to highs in the 60's this weekend.

Donations can be dropped off at Interfaith Sanctuary's administrative office at 599 South Americana Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information email cindy@interfaithsanctuary.org or call 208-345-5815. 

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