Times Square to host outdoor sleepover to fight homelessness

Andrew Weber
September 17, 2019 - 1:57 pm
World's Big Sleep Out

World's Big Sleep Out

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Times Square will be home to a “sleep out” in December that aims to raise funds to fight homelessness, organizers announced Tuesday.

Pedestrian plazas in the area will be shut down on Dec. 7 as supporters of the cause can pay for the privilege of sleeping there.

The event is part of the World’s Big Sleep Out, which will take place in over 50 cities that night.

Actor and musician Will Smith will offer a bedtime story to participants, say organizers.

“It doesn’t matter if you are taking part in Times Square or in 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,” said World’s Big Sleep Out founder John Littlejohn in a statement.

Other cities hosting sleep outs include Los Angeles, Chicago, London and Amsterdam.

Actress Helen Mirren will join the London edition.

Mirren said in a statement, “The World’s Big Sleep Out campaign will play an important role in shining the political spotlight on the issues of homelessness and displacement whist raising considerable funds to make a big difference.

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