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Kent Co. Already Prepping for Cold Winter

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Summer doesn't officially end until Monday, but Kent County is skipping right over fall and turning its attention to winter and cold, cold weather.

Last year the county started participating in the state's Cold Purple program. It helps get homeless people out of the extreme cold and into places like churches, which have been designated Code Purple shelters.

And Code Purple organizers are asking the community to help them get ready for the cold weather that's sure to come.

Dohn Price runs the bike shop at Dover's Interfaith Mission for Housing. He knows what it's like to be homeless in the winter.

"When it becomes cold out, it becomes almost unbearable. I'd say unbearable. But you keep going because you have nowhere else to go," said Price.

there's still a lot of work to do to get the word out about code purple in Kent County.

"A lot of people don't know what Code Purple is about," said Allan Angel, a county commissioner. "We want to make sure we get the capital building lit, city hall lit, the county building lit and any of the sanctuaries or shelters with a purple flag or purple light so that people know if they see a homeless person, they can direct them."

Code Purple organizers say they also need help from the public in other ways.

"We need cots, blankets, sleeping bags," said Rebecca Martin. "We need help with preparing food - more or less, just their involvement."

This year there will be a toll free phone number with up-to-date Code Purple information. The number is 800-733-6816. The hope is that will help people find places to get out of the cold at night.

Price says the difference between having shelter and not having shelter is simple.

"Life or death. That's life or death."

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