On a cold Saturday night on December 5 this past weekend, around 30 middle school students and adults in New London raised awareness for the homeless by sleeping outside in cardboard shelters.
The group of residents was from the First Baptist Church and the Saint Andrew’s Episcopal, both in New London. Through the frigid night, they slept in homemade cardboard box shelters on the front lawn of the First Baptist Church to raise awareness of homelessness in our towns, state and nation.
The churches youth groups also raised money to help the homeless population by asking for community members to sponsor their shelters with a donation. Money raised may be used to help local homeless families, donate to area shelters, or provide blankets and other necessities to people in need.
The event is part of the two churches’ middle school youth groups learning about the reasons why on any given December night in the United States, 600,000 Americans will be sleeping outdoors or in emergency shelters and 1 in 30 children are homeless in America at some point each year.
For information on how you can participate, go to fbcnlnh.org or send a tax- deductible check (with”Homeless” in the memo line) to the First Baptist Church of New London, PO Box 336 New London, NH 03257.