Local youth sleep outside to raise awareness for homeless kids

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)– Centre County’s Youth Service Bureau hopes to raise awareness for the 4.2 million children that are homeless worldwide by sleeping outside.

Local youth in Centre County will sleep outside with just a sleeping bag and cardboard box on Nov. 20 into the morning of Nov. 21.

The bureau’s Youth Advocate Mara Holsinger, said they purposely hold the event in November so that the youth can experience one cold night of what many homeless children have to sleep through every night.

“It was snowing last year…it gets very cold,” Holsinger said. “I make some hot chocolate for them so we have hot drinks during the night. They have hand warmers but it really does shine a light on people are really sleeping outside and they’re really homeless.”

Temperatures are expected to hit a low near 40 degrees Friday night, but according to Holsinger, the youth brave those 12 frigid hours no matter what.

“I’ve even had some of the kids who have participated with us say ‘oh my gosh I do take my warm bed and my heat in my house for granted,'” Holsinger said.

According to Holsinger the youth will be camping out downtown and anyone who would like to drop by to show their support is welcome.

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