BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s Committee on Temporary Shelter says it needs volunteers and donations from the community during this time of freezing temperatures across the region.

COTS currently runs a Daystation in Burlington that is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days for those seeking a way out of the cold. WPLZ-TV reports the daytime drop-in shelter also serves lunch and gives out donated winter gear to those who need it.

Employee Becky Holt says staff has seen a big increase in visitors with the freezing temperatures, so they have extended their hours to help keep people safe.

COTS also runs Waystation, a 36-bed shelter for men and women over age 18. It is open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. during the winter.

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