Teens Sleep On The Streets For Charity

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CARBONDALE -- Roughly 15 to 20 teens will be sleeping outside Saturday night. Not to camp, but to experience what life is like for the homeless. This is the sixth year that the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship has put on the event.     

The high school and middle schoolers have to build their temporary shelters out of cardboard boxes. The kids participating in the event say it opens up their eyes to a world they don't often see.
 
"It definitely make you aware of all the homeless people and that you definitely need to do something to help," says 7th grader Dylan Self.
 
Junior High Sunday School teacher Rhonda Curtis says it teaches kids to be empathetic to those in tough situations. 
 
The event is also a fundraiser for two local shelters: Good Samaritan House in Carbondale and Bethany Village in Anna. The kids hope to raise $1,000.
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