BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Despite freezing rain and falling temperatures, members of the First Christian Church in Blue Springs are braving the cold and wind to camp outside.
The church holds this “Freezin' for a Reason” event to raise awareness about homelessness and collect blankets.
"They just live off of whatever substance they get week to week. They do the best they can and it’s tough," said Rick Brasfield, the event coordinator. "I think in a lot of ways there are a lot of people that are one paycheck away from being homeless and it’s scary in a lot of ways."
Members built makeshift tents out of tarps, plywood, pallets, and other scrap materials. They will be camping all weekend.
"Normally the rain is a little worse to stay warm, especially when the temperatures are dropping. There is just no way to dry off," said Matt Calhoun. "Would much rather have snow."
Since organizing the bi-yearly camp out, church members have collected more than a quarter of a million blankets for distribution around the city.
The group said it welcomes warm clothing, coats, hats, gloves, and blankets year round.
Those wishing to make a monetary contribution can donate at www.fccbsmo.org/blankets.html.