It’s come into the cold winter months and we’ve already experienced a terrible ice storm. Hopefully you spent it safe and warm in your home; but what if you didn’t have a home to spend such storms in? For one night, in backyards, hometowns and iconic locations across the globe, people will sleep out in unison to create the world’s largest display of solidarity with and support of those experiencing homelessness and displacement. 100,000,000 people around the world don’t have a home to go to and could use help. This is an event which will combine music and bedtime stories, and has two very well known names attached to it; Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren.
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For their part the two will each read a bedtime story during this one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness. Will Smith’s reading will take place in Times Square in New York City, while Helen Mirren will appear in Trafalgar Square in London. Each location is expected to feature live performances of various musicians as well as other guest speakers. The sleep out will also be held in other major cities including Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid and Los Angeles, where artists like Ellie Goulding and The Script will perform among others; find the announced line-ups here. The organizers expect at least 50,000 people across the 50 cities globally to sleep outside for a night in hopes of raising 50 million dollars for the charity to help an estimated 1 million homeless and displaced people.
This is to benefit those who have no other choice than to sleep outside, and the star power may be enough to bring even greater numbers than expected, but it will take everyone who is willing to share the message, join or host an effort, or support the cause to help as many homeless are they can. If you are interested in knowing more, joining the event, or hosting a sleep out of your own; you can find that information at bigsleepout.com. Note: Registration ends on Wednesday, December 4th 2019. All the proceeds raised will go toward registered charities helping homeless and displaced people.