An Atlanta homeless organization and several Indian-American groups plan to give 200 blankets to the city’s homeless population ahead of what is predicted to be a frigid week.
Homeless in Atlanta and the groups are hoping to donate 2,000 blankets across the city this winter, spokeswoman Brett Cave told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The organizations have also partnered with the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.
The donations also come ahead of Super Bowl festivities, which are expected to bring hundreds of thousands of fans to Atlanta to see the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots play on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The City of Atlanta announced last week its plans to remove homeless camps as part of its ongoing efforts to find permanent housing solutions. The announcement came three days after a report in the AJC on four recent deaths in the city due to hypothermia, or abnormally cold body temperature, including three homeless people.
So far, fewer people have frozen to death in Atlanta this winter season compared to last, when at least 11 deaths were blamed on hypothermia, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The city has opened warming centers in the past few weeks in anticipation of freezing temperatures. Friday morning temperatures in Atlanta were just above freezing and Saturday is projected to have a low of 26 degrees.
Homeless in Atlanta will distribute blankets at Safehouse Outreach on 89 Ellis Street on at 1 p.m. Saturday. Blanket donations will also be accepted at the location and at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless on 477 Peachtree St.
— Staff reporter Alexis Stevens contributed to this report.
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