MSB-Plymouth Family Sleeps Outside To Raise Money For Homeless

Posted by on December 21, 2011

Could you spend 49 consecutive winter nights outside in a cardboard box? Carrie Sewald-Hester, a veterinary technician student at MSB-Plymouth, has watched her three daughters brave the elements the last 46 nights to raise funds for poverty stricken families in the Twin Cities.

The three girls – Debra (11), Danielle (9) and Savanah (3) – have been sleeping outside in a cardboard box on the family’s porch since Nov. 4. They will continue to do so until Christmas Eve.

The fundraising effort started as a one-night effort with the Messiah United Methodist youth group to help support the Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners annual Sleep Out.

“Our church usually does the annual Sleep Out with [IOCP], but the girls thought that they could do more,” Sewald-Hester said.

The girls decided to extend their stay outside to see how much money they could raise. They set their initial goal at $100, but that mark nearly tripled in a matter of days.

The goal was then pushed to $500.

Then $745.

After deciding to brave the elements until Christmas Eve, the girls have raised $2,415 on their personal fundraising page. That doesn’t include checks they’ve received, said Sewald-Hester.

“Donations have been coming in from all over the United States,” Sewald-Hester said. “We recently received one from the Virgin Islands.”

A mild winter has helped the girls’ cause.

“Savanah has only been inside three nights,” Sewald-Hester said. “My nightly prayer will be that every year is like this one.”

There is still time to help out the Sewald-Hester kids. For updates from the last 46 nights, you can go to Carrie’s Facebook page. You can still donate by going directly to their fundraising page.

For more coverage on the family, check out the links below:

WCCO story and video
KSTP story and video
Minnesota Sun Sailor story
Lake Minnetonka Patch story


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