BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — In its 17th year, Freezin’ for a Reason hosted its annual overnight sleep in the cold at the First Christian Church in Blue Springs, Missouri.
The event raises awareness for homelessness in the Kansas City area. The group sleeps outside for the weekend in makeshift shelters with tarps, cardboard, tents and fires. But even more, it raises funds and takes physical donations like coats, blankets and clothing — anything to keep people warm.
“It’s a great opportunity to help the community,” said David Harris, a second year participant. “This is a great chance to bring the plight of the homeless to our forefront.”
Harris even brought his son to help this year.
For some volunteers, like Charles Todd, the motive is personal. Todd dedicated his time spent outside to a family member of his who is homeless.