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Code Purples continue with more winter weather in Asheville

As of Wednesday, staff at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry — or ABCCM — already spent more than $30,000 on those freezing and in need in 2018, compared with about $50,000 in 2017. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Freezing temperatures meant Code Purple in Asheville on Wednesday.

Code Purple is an effort to bring the homeless -- found everywhere from parking lots to underneath overpasses --in from the cold.

As of Wednesday, staff at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry — or ABCCM — already spent more than $30,000 on those freezing and in need in 2018, compared with about $50,000 in 2017.

Expenses were mounting for ABCCM, costing the agency about $25 per person it helps, plus fuel and other necessities to help warm those, like Brandon Perkins.

"Sometimes, you get cold and your body don't even want to react, like right now,” Perkins said. “I'm still pretty cold. I'm not thawed out, yet."

Staff at ABCCM is expecting to see more Code Purples early next week.

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