Homeless for the Holidays

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Homeless for the Holidays

Jagur Horn, Contributor

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Recently, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics joined in Harwich to sleep outside in a tent for 103 hours. This event is to raise money for people who need it. It will run from December 6 to December 10.

In 2002, the event was started by Craig Poirier, a former firefighter, and has kept running every year since. Ten other firefighters slept outside that night with Craig. He then partnered with local radio station, PIXY 103, to spread the word about his event. Poirier even made it so the annual affair was 103 hours in honor of the publicity that PIXY 103 got them. It has since expanded to have 10 different locations with participation from 21 Cape Cod fire departments.

At the start of the event in Bourne,  there will be fifteen live bands playing to commemorate the event. DJ Matty B of PIXY 103 will be there as well. The Motor Inn in Bourne will be hosting all of the bands for the duration of the event. They have raised $292,988 and gotten lots of toys and food for kids. This along with many other charities will be running through the holidays to support people around Cape Cod in need of help.

Homelessness on Cape Cod has never been a huge problem but this year the homeless population raised by ten percent.

The average income of a resident of Cape Cod is $84,024, which is fairly high, but makes sense of the low homeless population, but even so, homelessness is still a problem that needs to be helped. With work like Poirier’s it is possible that the homeless population could be brought down considerably. The police and firefighters participating in the event should still have a good time even without the help of a home. All volunteers will be staying in a tent at one of the many locations around the Cape.  They can be seen cooking on grills and talking. As boring as it must be, it could also be fun for the volunteers. As great as this program is for those in need, it should also be a great time for the people volunteering.

Homeless for the Holidays is a great event that will help to raise funds for those in need. With the help of your money, clothes, and food you can help people in need across the Cape. Contact your local police and fire departments to help.

 

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