WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) — On this bitterly cold Saturday night, Wolcott-area teenagers are choosing to give up the warm comforts of home to sleep outside in tents on the Wolcott Green.
They’re not crazy, they’re compassionate — choosing to raise awareness about the plight of Connecticut’s homeless.
“We’re trying to teach everyone what it’s like to be homeless or at least give them a sense,” said 15-year-old Carter Medina, a member of the Wolcott Congregational Church and student at Kaynor Tech in Waterbury.
“I just really feel for people who can’t go home every night. It really is humbling,” said Rachel Collins, a student at Wolcott High School.
While they’re spending the overnight hours sleeping in their tents, they spent the daylight hours on the street holding signs to encourage drivers to stop and make donations to Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (GWIM) — an organization that helps those experiencing homelessness in the area throughout the year.
“It’s a soup kitchen and a food pantry. So, they serve homeless people on a daily basis — at least 200-300 people a day,” said Madison Rotella, a volunteer.
This effort has gone on for close to ten years. The students –with adult and police supervision — will be on The Green until noon Sunday — that’s 24 hours outdoors in the cold, 24 hours of warmth.
The students are accepting food and monetary donations during that time.
Watch the video above for more from these volunteers.