Several area churches consider the death a call to action.
"People are going to their homes. They've got blankets that they're not using, socks they no longer wear. They're going to bring them back. Folks are literally taking money out of their pockets and going to the store to buy items," said Pastor Ronnie Mitchell.
Church members began donating items Sunday morning.
"I have more than I can use, and I figured somebody out there can use it better than I can," said church member Orson Davis.
New Livingstone Church is joining Ray of Hope Church and seven churches in west Nashville to collect items such as coats, gloves, thermal clothing, scarves and hats.
The donations will be collected through Wednesday, January 9.
Items can be donated at New Livingstone Church from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
New Livingstone Church is located at 330 Hancock Street in Nashville.
All items collected will be donated to Room in the Inn and distributed to Nashville's homeless population.