Fundraiser Aims to Help Fayette Co. Students Experiencing Homelessness

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A unique fundraiser aims to raise awareness and funds for children in Fayette County experiencing homelessness.

Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1st, and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 2nd, forty faith and community leaders will “take to the streets,” equipped with only a blanket, two sandwiches, and two bottles of water in the “24 Hour Homeless Experience.”

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Organizers say the fundraiser is a community response to reports that over 1,000 children in Fayette County Public Schools experience homelessness. Participants hope the fundraiser will draw the community together to work toward a solution.  The Stein Group, Community Action Council, Fayette County Public Schools, Babbage CoFounder, and the Catholic Action Center are sponsoring this opportunity, and hope the community will donate to the Give Kids a Home fund, managed by the Community Action Council.

For each $700.00 donated, Give Kids a  Home says a family will be housed in a fully furnished apartment for a month, and begin their journey to independence. A release from the organization says that “Many of these families just need a boost to get on their feet, but without it they fall into a cycle of homelessness. Lexington is a caring community that can create the awareness and the response needed to make a difference in the lives of our FCPS students who are living in homelessness!”

The organization says that every dollar raised will go to the housing of families in Fayette County.

For more information, or to donate, visit www.givekidsahome.com.

ABC 36’s Doug High sat down in the studio Monday morning with Faith Thompson and Charlie Lanter to learn more about the fundraiser in the attached video.