Event hopes to bring light to homelessness in Linn County

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - On Saturday and Sunday Family Promise of Linn County's is hosting "Sleep out for Homeless Families" to give the community a sense of what it's like to be homeless in Linn County.

It's an event where people can pick to either sleep in a tent or a car to help raise money for homeless families.

The non-profit organization wants to highlight to the community what it's like for homeless families to stay warm during the winter months.

Many of these families have to worry about how to keep their children warm and how to survive frigid temperatures outside.

John Derryberry, the Executive Director of Family Promise of Linn County says the colder weather is also dangerous, often times staying outside can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

"It is not safe to sleep on the streets in the summer. It's triple quadruple not safe to sleep on the streets when it's cold out and people deserve a warm place to go," says Derryberry.

If you don't want to sleep outside at NewBo, but you still want to help there will also be performances happening this weekend accepting donations.

All the money raised will help Family Promise of Linn County assist families in need.

For more information on how to register and get involved, CLICK HERE.