Members of the First Church Youth Group will hold their Annual Sleepout for the Homeless Friday to Saturday, Nov. 17 to 18.
The event, typically held on the night before Thanksgiving, has been moved up to the preceding weekend this year.
Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, the church parking lot will be transformed into a community of boxes, where several teenagers will spend the night.
The teens will accept donations from the community throughout the evening. All proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg. Last year’s event raised nearly $6,000.
In addition to money, the Sleepout is meant to raise awareness. Participants will get a small but firsthand taste of what it is like to be homeless, and hopefully develop a lifelong passion to help others.