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Braving the cold and rain for homelessness

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Volunteers camped in cardboard boxes in 2019 for the 13th annual Homeless Encampment, hosted by Aid for Friends.

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A group of volunteers spent the night in the cold to raise awareness for homelessness.

On Saturday night, Aid for Friends held their 13th annual Homeless Encampment in Caldwell Park.

People gathered in cardboard boxes and spent the night in the cold and drizzling rain.

Those who participated said the experience changed their perspective on homelessness.

“Most people live in the comfort of a nice home. They don’t experience what it would be like to live on the street and be homeless. So when you experience something like this and stay the night in a cardboard box, you really get a good perspective of what someone would go through day in and day out… especially in the colder climate,” said John White of the American Legion Riders.

The American Legion Riders traditionally provide security at the park for the participants.

While turnout was smaller than previous years, Aid for Friends said the money raised will go to helping people affected by homelessness in Pocatello.

“I can’t express enough how much we need more people to be aware and get active and get a handle on the homeless situation here. A lot of people don’t realize exactly how much (homelessness) we have… And that’s what this encampment is for,” said James Heer, of Aid for Friends.

You can learn more about Aid for Friends at

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