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LOOK: Lakewood Teens Raise Money for the Homeless

There are thousands of people homeless every night in Cleveland and more than 20,000 homeless every year in Cuyahoga County.

A large group of Lakewood teenagers were homeless Saturday night.

But just for one night. 

The teens traded text messages for cardboard boxes to sleep outside of St. Peter’s Episcopal and Lakewood Congregational churches on Detroit Avenue, where they raised awareness — and money — for the homeless.

In just the 12 hours of begging on the street, the students raised hundreds of dollars.

For more information on the event, check out these two blog posts. 

  • Youth from West End Lakewood Churches Helping the Homeless
  • Lakewood Teens Giving Up Electronics for a Night to Learn about Plight of the Homeless

There are thousands of people homeless every night in Cleveland and more than 20,000 homeless every year in Cuyahoga County, according to the website of North East Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.

This is the ninth year of the event, benefitting several area homeless support agencies, including the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the 2012 Homeless Stand Down and Family Promise.

Participating children — from 11 years old to 18 — gather at the corner of West Clifton Boulevard and Detroit Avenue to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Eric Swinderman January 21, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I saw them out that night. One suggestion, make some signs that can be read from the street, we had no idea what you were doing or what you wanted from us. Would have stopped to donate had I been able to read the signs.
pam ghaster January 22, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I heard them as I drove by..I also had no idea what was going on. I also would have made a donation. Possibly more signage next time. I worry about the homeless with these below zero temps. pam davis ghaster

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