Some in Dallas sleep outside to raise awareness for youth homelessness

Despite the chill blowing in and rain falling down, volunteers in Dallas slept outside to raise awareness for youth homelessness at the Promise House Sleep Out on Thursday.

The goal was to raise awareness and funds to help homeless, runaways and at-risk youth. The event aimed to educate the community about those experiencing homelessness and inspire change, according to PromiseHouse.org.

Participants slept in the Promise House parking lot who provided the sleeping bags, cardboard and beanies for volunteers. Many of the participants used the cardboard to shelter themselves when it began to rain early Friday.

“Last night we were really lucky that the weather was nice and warm, but that changed overnight and I think the realization that we all have warm beds and a meal and a family to go home to,” participant Lauren Walters told Fox4news.com. “There are kids and adults out there, this is what they’re facing day in and day out.”

Restrooms, security, food and beverages were also provided, an amenity that those experiencing real homelessness do not have.

Top business and community leaders were invited to participate and pledged to raise a minimum of $5,000.

The event raised about $90,000 Thursday, which will go to helping young people get off the streets during these cold holiday months, Fox4news.com reported.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson