by: Maryann Lopinto
Broadway performers were summoned to participate and ask their friends to donate in their name…. for a certain goal – – A Sleep Out outside of Covenant House on West 41st Street where they slept in sleeping bags like many of the homeless kids do overnight – no luxuries here. It was Karen Mason who made me aware of this as she was one of those participating and reaching her goal via donors. At 11:30 pm the participants received their sleeping bags and went outside for the night. There was a sudden rainstorm with thunder and lightning at 4:00 am but the participants held true to their task.
Prior to the actual sleep out that night, a reception was held where a video was shown about the kids who turn to Covenant House for support, sanctuary and skills to transition into independant living with a sense of hope & self esteem. Monies raised go to provide a place to sleep, meals, job and financial counseling. They also have the opportunity to address issues about drug abuse, domestic violence and sex trafficking – all issues that, sadly, many of these kids have experienced.
Congratulations to the Broadway folks who have come to their aid.
All Photos: Maryann Lopinto