(Locator: Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
The front lawn of this United Methodist church outside Chicago is not
the normal spot for camping. And with the chill in the air and storms in
Camper: “It’s damp now, that’s for sure.”
…it’s certainly not the normal time of year.
Nat sound of rally: “And we are sleeping out in the cold so that other
people can sleep inside!”
1,500 people all across this community are giving up their warm beds for
Martha Staky/Sleep Out Participant: “Sleepin’ in the car!”
…to sleep out for the homeless.
Martha Staky/Sleep Out Participant: “We can do a lot to help. In this
way tonight, we raise money and awareness. So we’re trying to help in
little ways like that, that we can.”
This event raised 30,000 dollars last year, and brought out triple the
participants this year.
In their cars and their tents, they settle in for slumber…
…and learn firsthand how quickly the fun can wear off.
Kyle LaPoint/Sleep Out Participant: “It’s hard a lot of the times for
the homeless because they have to go through storms like this. It would
be a really scary feeling, because you’re alone, in the dark, in a
thunderstorm, with lightning and rain.”
The Rev. Claude King/Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Glen
Ellyn: “It’s the way people live out on the streets.”
United Methodist pastor Claude King says the weather might make this
night uncomfortable, but what a way to drive the message home.
The Rev. Claude King/First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn: “You
know, it’s probably going to be soggy, but a lot of people out here
don’t have homes, they’re dealing with it and it’s not just a one night
thing for them. It’s an every night thing. It’s an every night thing.”
More than 50 churches and groups participated in the Sleep Out .
Organizers expect to collect $80,000 as a result of the event. The money
raised will help the agency “Bridge Communities” provide emergency and
transitional housing, as well as programs to help families become
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