ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Code Blue status continues in the city of Albany Tuesday as temperatures dip into the mid-teens.
Code Blue is an effort to transport and shelter the homeless during extreme winter weather that goes into effect when the temperature is 10 degrees or less, including wind chill.
Anyone seeking shelter from the cold can head to the Capital Region Rescue Mission.
On Monday night, the shelter was over capacity and had to put out mats. With another Code Blue in effect, these beds will certainly be filled again.
To keep things running, the mission relies on its volunteers.
"I just feel as though I am giving back and I really enjoy doing that," said Donna Drum Volunteer City Rescue Mission.
If it weren't for volunteers like Drum, the mission would have a hard time accommodating the increased amount of homeless people seeking shelter and warm clothing. Many of the homeless sleep at the mission, but during the day stay outside braving the cold temperatures. Drum organizes hundreds of items of clothing at the mission's free store, providing visitors with crucial winter clothing that is in high demand.
"We're still in dire need for particularly men's hats and gloves and things like that," said Drum.
Clothing donations can be dropped off at the mission at any time.