St. Landry

Mar 11, 2011 11:29 PM by Shawn Kline

Kids go homeless to help homeless

In Opelousas, tens of thousands of dollars are being raised Friday night to help the homeless.
It's all happening at Donald Gardner Stadium.
Head over there, and it all seems like fun and games for the near 700 kids but they're in for a long night- and they know it!
"We have to sleep in a box." Dominique House complained, "it's cold out, with mosquitos..."
People from around the state are raising about $15,000 going to the Opelousas Lighthouse Mission.
"we house 23 to 25 men at all times throughout the year," Johnny Carriere said. "This is an event we put on every year, it's called a night on the town and we have kids representing from all over the state."
One group of five collectively raised around $150.
"Those people don't have to live here for one night, they do it for their entire lives."
The kids range in age from eight to 14 and they're seeing for the first time, a glimpse into a life of the homeless.
"They're out here simulating what a night in the life of a homeless person would be, we're even serving food to simulate a soup kitchen." Carriere says, "this is our once in a year thing and we're really excited about it."
For many of the kids, they're excited to help.


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