Patriots donate coats to RI’s homeless

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former New England Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson and members of the Patriots cheerleading squad delivered specially designed winter coats to men and woman in need at Crossroads Rhode Island on Thursday.

The coat distribution is made possible through the Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit organization based in Detroit that hires homeless people to make coats. Those garments, which transform into sleeping bags, are then donated to people in need.

According to a news release, each coat costs about $100 to make.

Eyewitness News has learned that the Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation wanted to support the cause and will be donating more than 200 coats to shelters across New England.

Nelson, a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, also helped prepare meals for the state’s homeless.

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