One Winter Night total raised: $40,000
CHAMPAIGN — One Winter Night raised awareness about the homeless, but not quite as much money its organizers hoped.
Donations total just over $40,000 in connection with the event that had more than two dozen people sleeping outside in boxes last weekend in downtown Champaign, But the event sponsor, C-U at Home, hoped to raise at least $60,000, said the non-profit organization's Executive Director Melany Jackson.
C-U at Home is hoping to raise enough money to open a daytime drop-in center for the homeless and recovery house for those who have treated a rehabilitation program for addiction, and to house a homeless family.
One Winter Night involved more than 200 people, including volunteers and those sleeping in boxes, and some box dwellers experienced not only what it's like sleeping outside in the cold but some of the "discrimination and persecution" that comes with homelessness, according to C-U at Home. Some were jeered and taunted by the public and had their boxes kicked.
This has happened a bit in years past during One Winter Night, Jackson said, but this year, the third year for this fund-raiser, it happened to several volunteers in boxes, and "certainly more than I'd ever heard about before."
Donations can still be made to One Winter Night to help with C-U at Home's projects through March 7.
For details about how to donate, see http://www.cuathome.us