For the past twelve years local chapters of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in Omaha will host their Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless tonight to benefit the Open Door Mission. Taylor Clinch is the director of their Rebuilding Lives Center and says the fraternity members will be camping out in cardboard boxes to raise awareness of the of homelessness and to collect items that will help those in need.
Clinch says, “They will be loading up an Open Door Mission truck. Their goal is to raise $500 in cash, 500 can food, nonperishable items and 500 articles of clothing for the Open Door Mission.”
The fraternity members will arrive at the parking lot of Petco near 72nd and Dodge Street around 9p.m. and remain their until 5 a.m. Friday. Clinch hopes that Nebraskans keep them up all night loading that truck with much needed items. They are in need of hats, scarves, gloves and winter coats. He says they are also in need of toilet paper, deoderant, toothpaste and other personal hygeine items.
Clinch says those items will be put to good use as they provide shelter to more than 800 homeless men, women and children each day, serve over 2,300 hot meals and provide preventative measures to keep 275 families in their homes.