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Sleep Out for Homeless Kids

Some people are spending the cool, wet night outside to raise awareness for a good cause.  Members of the Only Hope WNC are camped out in front of the historic courthouse in Downtown Hendersonville to help homeless children as part of the 2nd annual Sleepout.  According to the Henderson County School Board, up to 300 kids in that county alone, could be homeless by the end of the school year.  While many of those children live with grandparents or other relatives, more than 50 a year, on average, end up in homeless shelters. 

Sleepout organizer Michael Absher says he spent a year and a half of his life in a homeless shelter while in high school.  He says that was a time when he felt like no one cared about him, and he was constantly nervous other shelter residents would steal from him.  Absher says his church an extended family helped him get on his feet, and Sleepout is a way to for him to give back.  The group is taking donations and school supplies.  Absher says the ultimate goal of Only Hope WNC is to raise enough money to open a shelter just for kids.

by Karen Wynne


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