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Knoxville's homeless shelters are preparing to help more people seeking a warm place to stay as the temperatures drop.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries puts out a white flag or banner during extreme weather to remind people that its doors are open and they can come inside to escape the elements.

And the help doesn't stop there.

"And when they come inside we also check to make sure that our folks are adequately dressed. That they have warm socks, that they've got toboggans, scarves and gloves, and of course, coats," said Angie Sledge, KARM Vice President of Development.

KARM says it has plenty of coats and other winter gear from its Coats for the Cold drive to help those who come inside its doors.