SPANISH FORK- High school students all over Utah County stayed out later than curfew, but they had a good excuse this time.
Spanish Fork High School hosted Homeless for a Night to raise money for the Christian organization Tabitha’s Way, which provides food for those struggling to make ends meet. When students found out almost 1600 teens in their school district were homeless, they each paid at least $15 to stay overnight at the school– though most didn’t sleep at all.
“No… We’re not sleeping tonight…” said Spanish Fork High School student Kelsi Perschon.
“I might have to take some… caffeine shots…” said Brandon Hartung, a Maple Mountain High School student.
Sponsors provided students with activities like a dance, ping pong, volleyball, video games, sumo wrestling and much more. They even brought couches and hammocks for the movie portion.
Student Body Officer Lauren Roberts estimated they’ll have raised almost $20,000 for feeding those in need.
Tabitha’s Way founder Wendy Osborne said they’re grateful for the food. “… We are happy happy happy to receive food. We go through about 10,000 pounds of canned food every single month,” she said.
For those unable to donate for Homeless for a Night, there are about 130 donation bins throughout Utah County. Tabitha’s Way accepts unwanted blankets, clothes, shoes and household items that are recycled and sold to provide for food. It’s as simple as dropping it in the box, and Osborne said one full donation bin will feed a family of four for a full week.
Osborne said she’s grateful for the honor to serve the community and thanks Utah County High School students for their efforts to help out.
Roberts said that they couldn’t have done it without the community.
“It was a little nervous at first that companies wouldn’t want any more high school students asking for money, but I was surprised to see how many people signed checks for this activity,” she said.
Although they left tired, students said they were happy to contribute. Abigail Walker, a Spanish Fork High School student, said she enjoyed the experience.
“Being able to come together for charity and spend the night with friends was awesome,” she said.
For those unable to participate in the overnight fundraiser, Osborne said they have another event in August. Visit http://tabithasway.com/ for more details.[vimeo 158071036 width=520]