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BU students raise homelessness awareness at annual ‘Sleep Out’

VESTAL (WBNG) – Binghamton University students braved the cold Friday night to spread awareness and talk about solutions to homelessness.

“It’s a way to educate ourselves on what homelessness is and how we can help,” said, BU student and the event’s organizer for the fourth year in a row, Lexi Murman.

The university partnered with the Binghamton Rescue Mission to hold the event. Participants spent the night outside near barrels of fire.

“For us it really brings awareness to the privilege we have as students. All of us, especially those who live on campus, have a home and a bed we can go to and not everyone has that,” said Murman.

Residents at the Binghamton Rescue Mission also stopped by to share their stories with the students.

“When you really take the time to know them and meet them as people and really get to know them as who they are and not as a homeless person. It makes such a meaningful connection and impact,” said Murman.

While also discussing ways to help end homelessness in our area and how to give back.

“Donating whether it’s time, money or goods. You can volunteer at a local kitchen at a community meal, you can donate gifts to CHOW… do what you can year round not just because its thanksgiving and you want to give back,” said Murman.

Poetry readings and a post-midnight film were just some of the activities for those who participated.

If you would like to donate to the Binghamton Rescue Mission or learn more about their services, click here.

Tyler Brown

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