Homeless For Night to raise funds

A night under the stars without the luxury of camping gear or other comforts could help feed the city’s homeless.

A night under the stars without the luxury of camping gear or other comforts could help feed the city’s homeless.

Loaves and Fishes is having its second annual Homeless For A Night on June 22.

The goal is to raise $55,000 to offset the operating costs. Last year volunteers raised $13,000 for the soup kitchen.

Executive director Halina Jarvis said they need $27,000 monthly to run the facility.

Each participant will agree to collect a minimum of $250 in pledges and gives up the comfort of a bed, food, utilities and privacy for one day.

Participants will stay over night in the Loaves and Fishes building. Last year a handful of people slept outside.

About 20 people have already registered, nearly doubling last year’s 12 participants.

Jarvis said the money will be used for running and sustaining the programs.

The facility serves 32,000 hot meals and 40,000 school lunches each year. They also offer outreach programs, fine options program, transportation, pastoral counseling and volunteer programs.

To register or donate, call 403-347-1844 or email fundraiser@reddeerloavesandfishes.com or admin@reddeerloavesandfishescom The deadline to register is June 17.

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