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Red Cross donates cots to help Nashville homeless

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Each night in Nashville, more than 4,000 people don't have a home or a place where they can lay their heads, but now some are receiving a bit more comfort.

The American Red Cross donated 120 new cots to the Nashville Rescue Mission and the Room in the Inn on Wednesday.

Advocates for the homeless say a cot might seem like a small thing, but with the winter chill already having claimed a man's life in East Nashville last week they said it's important to be able to provide shelter, and some dignity, for those without a home.

"That we have crisis here in Nashville - the crisis of homelessness and the crisis death - so if this allows us to open up a few more beds, that's great," said Rachel Hester, spokeswoman for Room in the Inn.

The exchange is a unique partnership with the relief agency. If the Red Cross ever needs the cots for response to a natural disaster or other crisis, they can get them back.

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