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Annual sleep-out seeks donations for homeless

"A Night without a Home," a local sleep-out benefit for the homeless of Superior and Douglas County, takes place this weekend in Center City Park at the corner of Belknap Street and Tower Avenue. The annual event, held during National Homeless Week, will kick off with an opening ceremony at noon Saturday and end at noon Sunday.

People will be sleeping out during the event. Food and hot beverages are served. Material and money donations are accepted on site, and will go to help homeless individuals in the Superior and Douglas County.

Past participants have said the event opens their eyes to the needs of the homeless community. Some have called it the most meaningful thing they do each year.

Local residents and businesses are encouraged to stop by to visit with sleep-out volunteers and consider donating.

Items collected include winter coats, mittens, boots, blankets, sleeping bags, food, furniture (no mattresses), cleaning supplies, and new socks and undergarments.

"In-kind" donations from local businesses, such as gift certificates for food, meals, haircuts, lodging and gasoline are also greatly appreciated.

Monetary donations collected during the event will be distributed to Harbor House, Human Development Center, Salvation Army, Solid Rock and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Checks should be written to Faith United Methodist Church c/o "A Night Without A Home."