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Members of the First Church Youth Group will hold their Annual Sleepout for the Homeless Nov. 17-18 at First United Methodist Church, 135 W. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg.

The church parking lot will be transformed into a community of cardboard boxes, where over 75 teenagers will spend the evening. The event runs from 4 p.m. Nov. 17 through 8 a.m. Nov. 18. The First United Methodist Church youth group will be joined by the Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ youth group at the event.

“Our students become aware of the realities that surround homelessness, they grow in their gratitude for what they have, a new sense of purpose is instilled in them regarding what they can personally do to help others, and our local agencies helping those experiencing homelessness are the benefactors of the money we raise,” said First Church Youth Pastor Lisa Aronson.

The Sleepout also raises funds to support local homeless families. Participants will accept donations throughout the evening. Last year’s event raised close to $6,000. Proceeds will benefit New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg, Family Promise of Harrisburg and Bethesda Mobile Mission.

For more information about First United Methodist Church events, visit fumchurch.com.

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