UVa Students Stage Weeklong Sleepout for Homelessness

By: Audrey Pernik Email
By: Audrey Pernik Email

September 27, 2007

Last night a group of UVa students ditched their beds and pitched tents on grounds for their second annual week long Sukkot Survivor Sleepout to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness in Charlottesville.

For the next eight days students will occupy the courtyard outside of Brown College. During the day they will talk to passersby about local homelessness and encourage them to spend a night under the stars or inside their handmade Sukkah, a temporary dwelling place for Israelites.

Students have sought out local sponsors and raised money to take part in the sleep out.

The sleep out has historical relevance as well. Sukkot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the 40 years the Israelites wandered the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt.

If you would like to support the students log onto their website at http://www.uvahillel.org/SukkotSurvivor/index.php.

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