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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  Extreme cold this week is making the outdoors almost unbearable. Hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia live in the bitter cold, day and night, without a place to call home.

It's a struggle to stay warm. That's why an Albany woman and an young rap group are taking it upon themselves to help by collecting blankets.

A bone-chilling night in Albany turned into a cold early afternoon as this group of homeless men sat shivering on Roosevelt Avenue. And it's scenes like this that touch Beverly Johnson's heart.

"It's all about helping one another, helping the community," said Johnson.

Beverly Johnson, her son Devin and his rap group Loyal Breed are collecting blankets, hats, gloves and any other type of warm clothing for the homeless.

"Our deadline is December 25th and we are going to go out on Christmas Day and pass them out among the homeless along with hot chocolate and a couple sandwiches," said Johnson.

So far though their stack is short.

"They're not expensive. You can get three gloves for $1.50."

Johnson shines her heart of gold in other ways too. Last year she invited 49-year-old James Kilgo to live in her Albany home. Before, he was homeless and living on the streets and knows first hand the struggles.

"I got shot in the face and robbed. And they left me for dead," said Kilgo.

His life was rough especially on cold winter nights. Kilgo says he slept in U-Haul trucks and vacant homes to survive.

"The blankets will help people out because the best thing to do is keep yourself wrapped up and warm," he said.

For rappers Devin Johnson and Jamal Coe, giving warms their hearts as much as it warms the people they're helping.

"It makes me feel fortunate. I try not to complain about what I don't have," said Devin Johnson.

"We're just trying to give back, we've got it, so why not? said Jamal Coe.  Their goal is to collect 1,000 items. If they don't reach that goal through donations, they plan to purchase the blankets themselves to make sure everyone in the community has a comfortable Christmas.

If you want to donate, Beverly Johnson says she'll pick up anything you have to give and give you a receipt for tax deductions. You can call her at 229-344-9161.

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