Sleeping on the streets: KC youth raise money to help the homeless

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Around 100 Kansas City youth slept on the streets Friday night to raise awareness -- and money -- for homeless children.

Proceeds from the Homeless in the City event, held at 11424 Hickman Mills Drive, will benefit local advocacy programs like Community Linc and The Legacy Foundation.

According to Kaleena James, who coordinated the event, more than 2,000 youth are homeless every night in Kansas City.

"It may be a student who is sitting right next to you at a desk or at a lunch table, or it may be the kid that you see walk past you in the store, and you have no idea," James explained. "People think being homeless is being on the corner with a sign saying 'I'm homeless, help me,' and it's not."

Dekarri Williams is participating in Homeless in the City for the second year in the row.

"Last time it was a humbling experience, and it was very cold," he said. "There are a lot of homeless kids out there, and you've got a bed and a house -- you might not have everything, but you have a lot of stuff that they don't have, and I just don't people to take that for granted."

The youth and volunteers plan to sleep outside until 6 a.m. Saturday.

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