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Volunteers brave frigid nights to raise awareness for homeless

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Volunteers are sleeping in makeshift tents and beds to raise awareness of what the homeless experience during the winter. (KCTV5) Volunteers are sleeping in makeshift tents and beds to raise awareness of what the homeless experience during the winter. (KCTV5)
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Volunteers are sleeping in makeshift tents and beds to raise awareness of what the homeless experience during the winter.

“We’ve been out here when it’s 15 below windchills and 5 degrees at night. Through rain, sleet and snow, we’ve been through all of it," Matt Calhoun said.

Calhoun and several others made their sleeping arrangements from scrap materials they were able to find. Many have been doing this for years.

They say it’s important to personally know what the homeless community goes through to better understand their needs.

"We have the benefits that we can bring those layers from home and have a place to go home to and we can prepare ourselves for this," Calhoun said.

This is the 11th annual “Freezin for a Reason.” Those who volunteer to sleep outdoors do it for the donations. They say seeing the community come together to help others makes the cold nights more bearable.

"A lot of us are pretty close a couple of months away from having a paycheck and being homeless, and it could happen to anybody. It’s something that needs to have some support and someone behind this," Aaron Neighbors said.

If you have any coats, blankets or warm clothing, the volunteers at First Christian Church will be accepting donations all weekend.

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