Local teens "live like homeless" to raise awareness

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Kent County teens live like a homeless person to raise awareness for homelessness

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- What is it like being homeless?  A group of Kent County teenagers are finding out right now.

They're spending the night outside in Walker, sleeping in cardboard boxes to raise awareness about homelessness.  The group plans to keep two trash can fires going throughout the night to keep warm.

The only time the teenagers are allowed in nearby Remembrance Church is for water and to go to the restroom.

"To experience what [the homeless] go through every night and how they do this in the winter is tough," says Carah Camstra, a Grandville High School student.  "My fingers are already frozen and it's so cold out here. It's going to be a long night."

As part of the homelessness awareness campaign, Remembrance Church will be collecting clothing which will be donated to those in need.  The clothing drive runs through January 10.











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