Dozens sleeping outside to raise awareness for homeless youth

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Urban Peak Colorado Springs held their second annual Night Out to end youth homelessness on Thursday night.

More than 50 people are volunteering to sleep outside in the cold, to not only raise awareness, but also to raise money for the Urban Peak’s Youth Shelter. They can’t use tents, they have to use cardboard boxes, tarps or sleeping bags to sleep in all night.

Their numbers nearly doubled from last year, which meansthere’s a good mix of people who have done it before and some first timers who said they are a little nervous.

“I like camping, I’ve camped in 25 degrees before and I’ve got really good gear, but I’m still nervous, I like just being out in the open and knowing that it will be uncomfortable but at the same token that I’ve got way more gear, than somebody that somebody actually homeless would,” Lauren Andrus, first timer, said.

“It really heightens your sensory perception, its hard to explain but it’s quite an experience and to think that kids do that every single night and then they get up and try to live a normal life,” said Wayne Bland, who did participated last year.

The group’s goal is to raise $50,000 to help support the Colorado Springs Urban Peak Shelter, because they want to help as many homeless teens as they can.

Everyone will be sleeping outside until 6 a.m. and then they have to get up and go to school and work and go about their normal day.

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