Rachael Allen from Union Gospel Mission said “extreme cold, means extreme need” and more donations of warm weather clothing are needed to keep up with demand.

“We’ve heard from people who are homeless right now that they are really scared of getting sick or dying,” Allen told Vancouver Is Awesome.

“For them, staying warm and dry can be nearly impossible but also staying healthy is even harder, and we’ve seen health dangers ranging from getting hyperthermia to a risk of pneumonia as temperatures are plummeting below freezing.