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Area homeless equipped with coat that doubles as sleeping bag

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga's homeless got their first taste of winter Thursday night with temperatures as low as 26 degrees. And it'll be a repeat for the next few days.

On Friday, a local non-profit called Relevant Hope began delivering coats that double as sleeping bags to some area homeless.

Executive Director Jimmy Turner said the group got a grant to buy 15 coats from The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based company that produces them. The Empowerment Plan matched the grant to pay for five more coats and shipping costs. Turner began delivering the 20 coats to some Chattanooga area homeless.

"We're giving it to people who are going to be out here 24 hours a day. I have no doubt it will save lives this winter," he said. "Today, as far as I'm concerned is a historic day for Chattanooga's homeless."

The outer shell fabric is donated by Carhartt. It's water, wind, scratch and stain resistant and has a quilted insulation.

The coats cost about $100 to make. To learn how you can help, visit relevanthope.org.

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