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      Brutal winter causes strain on local non-profits

      This deep freeze is putting a strain on local non-profits. Organizations like Carriage Town Ministries are providing hot meals and warm shelter. But heating bills are skyrocketing and the need for warm clothes growing.

      â??Oh my goodness. This is one of the coldest winters that we've had,â?? says Trina Carswell who runs The Clothing Room at Carriage Town Ministries. Sheâ??s been keeping people warm for seven years.

      â??People are in desperate need of boots,â?? says Carswell.

      And hats and gloves---the list goes on.

      But with a winter that just won't quit, she's running low on supplies.

      â??We will have a line out there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,â?? says Carswell.

      â??Gently used or badly used. You can bring them down here,â?? says Brad Sage who lives at Carriage Town Ministries.

      â??It means you have a safe place to stay,â?? adds Sage.

      But keeping people warm comes with a price.

      â??Our utility bill normally runs about $7,000 a month and of course, January and February of this year, we've budgeted for $7,000 but itâ??s closer to $9,000,â?? says Dallas Gatlin, Executive Director at Carriage Town.

      Thatâ??s why cash donations are needed.

      â??Weâ??re ready every, every single night, no matter the weather to take folks in,â?? says Gatlin.

      But even preparation may not shield the toughest Michigander from this cold.

      â??Please, we ready for the sunshine,â?? exclaims Carswell.

      To donate to Carriage Town, click here.