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Weighted blankets, made in St. Elmo, help autistic children sleep

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SensaCalm, headquartered in St. Elmo, manufactures and sells around 150 blankets a week and employs about 25 people, says company founder Donna Chambers. Photo by Angela Lewis Foster/Times Free Press SensaCalm, headquartered in St. Elmo, manufactures and sells around 150 blankets a week and employs about 25 people, says company founder Donna Chambers. Photo by Angela Lewis Foster/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Six years ago, Donna Chambers started her business with no capital.

Because her grandson is autistic, she'd decided to start selling weighted blankets -- blankets that are filled with pockets of plastic pellets, weigh anywhere from five to 20 pounds and can calm many children with special needs, especially autistic kids. It's like swaddling a baby.

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And in 2008, Chambers was convinced she could make a better blanket -- and a better website -- than the existing weighted blanket companies.

But she didn't have any extra money to start a business.

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