First Church will hold its Annual Youth Sleepout for the Homeless on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20.

The event returns to its normal format this year. Last year’s event was held offsite and excluded the sleepover for the safety of participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As they have done for nearly 30 years, teenagers from First Church and other local congregations will line up along W. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg to collect donations from the community. All proceeds benefit local agencies including New Hope Ministries, Family Promise and Bethesda Mission, and their work to aid the homeless. Past Sleepouts have raised $5,000 or more for this important cause.

The event also seeks to create awareness of the realities of homelessness by giving teens just a small glimpse of what it is like to live on the street. After collecting donations, participants will sleep out in cardboard boxes in the church parking lot until Saturday morning. Teenagers are provided a small bowl of soup for a meal and encouraged not to bring snacks or electronic devices.

Donations will be collected from 3:30 to 10:00 Friday evening. Interested persons also can donate online at

For more information, call or email the First Church office at 717.766.4611 or

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