They're saving lives.

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When dangerously cold temperatures drove much of the south indoors this week, one Nashville non-profit group hit the streets.

As temperatures tumbled into the teens on Thursday, Open Table Nashville dispatched teams of volunteers into the frigid cold to round up the homeless and bring them to area shelters.

According to the group's website, approximately 5,000 people go without housing in Nashville on any given night. Any time the temperature drops below 25 degrees, they hit the streets to do wellness checks and provide the needy with cold weather supplies.

Open Table relies on local community groups for housing when shelters run out of beds. They're even prepared to handle those who'd prefer to tough it out outside.

"We have sleeping bags, hand warmers, anything they need to stay warm if they decide not to come with us to the shelters," one of the organizers told WZTV.

It's a chilling task, but every year their hard work prevents countless exposure-related injuries and deaths.

Find out how you can help Open Table Nashville's Cold Weather Response team by visiting