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During 'Code Blue,' the needy flood into rescue mission

Posted at: 01/03/2013 12:45 PM
Updated at: 12/26/2013 5:33 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

ALBANY - A Code Blue order is in place in Albany. That means anyone who does not have a home can walk into the Capital City Rescue Mission and get out of the freezing temperatures, no questions asked.

About 200 people stayed at the mission Wednesday night.

Thursday morning, temperatures reached just two degrees in Albany.

Overnight, it was well below zero -- too cold for just a coat and blankets to keep warm in these frigid temperatures.

Code Blue is when temperatures are 10 degrees or below, the wind chill hits zero or there's a foot of snow.

During that time, people can come into the mission with no need to give their name.

The mission says right now they are in desperate need of winter coats for men women and children. If you would like to donate to the Capital City Rescue Mission, the address is 259 South Pearl Street in Albany.