The Gladys Ray Shelter in Fargo is in immediate need of blankets.
The shelter is gearing up for the cold winter months ahead when there is even greater overnight demand.
"Our blanket supply is a little bit depleted right now, so we could certainly use quilts and blankets for the folks that are staying here and those that move into housing," says Gladys Day Shelter Executive Director Jan Eliassen. "It becomes impossible to sleep in a car or sleep outside of a building because it's simply too cold and the risks are too high," she says.
All area shelters have reached or exceeded capacity.
"All of the shelters are working really closely together to figure out how are we going to meet the need, that immediate need for shelter over the coming months," says Eliassen.
The shelter staff try to safely accommodate all they can.
"If we can take people, even if we have just a small sliver of room somewhere, even on the floor, we're going to take that person," Eliassen says.
She says the shelter looks forward to some much-needed assistance coming soon.
"We have church sheltering starting the middle of November and that will certainly help with the number of people seeking shelter each and every day," she says.
Despite the help from the church program, Eliassen doesn't know if the many shelters in Fargo will be able to meet demand. To help the Gladys Ray Shelter and donate blankets, stop by any day of the week at 1519 1st Ave. S. in Fargo.