Homelessness is a problem that continues to haunt every city in America. In California, 6,702 homeless people were family households, 10,836 were Veterans, 12,396 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 34,332 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
According to The Washington Post, Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren have committed to each reading a bedtime story during the one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness on December 7th. The A-list celebrity has confirmed his partnership with The World’s Big Sleep Out, the nation’s most significant campaign that aims to raise money to end homelessness and displacement across the globe.
The World’s Big Sleep Out promotes people to organize or enter a “sleep out” for one night to support various charities everywhere. To raise $50 million, “For one night, in backyards, hometowns, and iconic locations across the globe, we will sleep out in unison to create the world’s largest display of solidarity with and support of those experiencing homelessness and displacement.”
Will Smith will be reading his bedtime stories in Times Square in New York City, and Mirren will be doing hers in Trafalgar Square in London. Both locations will supply food and live entertainment. Other sleep outs are also planned in other major cities, like Chicago, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Los Angeles.
All of the proceeds raised from the New York sleepout will go toward registered charities supporting homeless and displaced people. International allies for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund, Social Bite, and The Institute of Global Homelessness.
“I am blown away by the response to The World’s Big Sleep Out so far and incredibly excited to have 50 cities all over the world taking part, “wrote Josh Littlejohn MBE, the founder of World’s Big Sleep Out.
“It doesn’t matter if you are taking part in Times Square or your back garden with your family, by sleeping out for one night on December 7th, we can simultaneously express our compassion for homeless people who have no other choice and raise life-saving funds to make a difference.”
In addition, he added, “We can also send a message to the world’s political leaders that urgent action is required to address the human suffering that we each witness on our streets every day.”
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