A Night without a home

In Amer­ica 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple go with­out homes every day. Of that 3.5 mil­lion, 25% are chil­dren.  Not only are these peo­ple home­less,  they don’t even have the proper hats and gloves to pro­tect them from the cold dur­ing the harsh, long winters.

To raise aware­ness of this issue, RHA got together and decided to host a night ded­i­cated to those suf­fer­ing.  ‘Night With­out A Home’ was the oppor­tu­nity for stu­dents to expe­ri­ence what it would be like if they didn’t have a place to live.  How­ever, that wasn’t its only pur­pose. For every stu­dent that came, RHA donated a hat or a pair of mit­tens to a home­less child in need. Over 50 stu­dents came out in sup­port of the event.  Those who attended were able to roast hot dogs, make s’mores, and sip hot choco­late and cof­fee.  There were also snow ball fights, a camp­fire and a time for storytelling.

Although the night was fun, a lot of peo­ple con­tin­ued refer­ring to how cold they were and per­son­ally, I thought my toes were going to freeze off. The event really put into per­spec­tive for me that peo­ple deal with this every­day. The expe­ri­ence did pro­voke a thought; what if we really had to spend more than just one night with­out a home? I began to think about all the peo­ple who didn’t have a place to go that night and other nights to come. It lit a fire in me to become more active and to find out what more I could do to help the home­less. The expe­ri­ence for me was eye-opening and unfor­get­table. RHA did an excel­lent job plan­ning and exe­cut­ing their events and I will look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in more like it.

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