A group of Bexley High School students stayed the night outside Friday evening. Its all in an effort to raise money for those in need and bring awareness to the problem of homelessness in central Ohio.
Evie Lewis is one of the students who participated.
“What’s really striking to me is even with the amount of layers I’m wearing, this still such a hard thing to do with all these conditions. And for a lot of these people it’s year round,” said Lewis.
This is the closest to homelessness Lewis has ever experienced. She and others slept outside the Clifton shelter to bring awareness to this problem.
“I think it’s so important to recognize that there are so many people who don’t have a home who don’t have the same privileges I do,” said Lewis.
Ryan Woyak said it’s upsetting to know that some people have to live like this year round.
“This is people’s daily lives sometimes, and there are people right now who are cold and alone and in the streets. I want people to know we are out here trying to make a difference,” said Woyak.
The money collected from this event will be donated to the Huckleberry House, a shelter for homeless teens and young adults. The proceeds will help the shelter find job and education opportunities for clients and help the shelter buy hygiene products and food.
The kids will stay out here until 8am Saturday.
To learn more about the Bexley Sleep Out or to donate, visit their GoFundMe page.