Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear, a local nonprofit addressing family homelessness, announces Night Without a Bed. The virtual event, which will be held on June 26, calls on participants to give up their beds for one night to raise awareness about family homelessness in the community.

Each year in the United States, 2.5 million children experience homelessness. One in sixteen American children will experience homelessness before they reach the first grade. These children are three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, eight to nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and seven times more likely than their peers to commit suicide.

Night Without A Bed participants are asked to give up the comfort of their bed for one night and share the experience with friends and family.  Participants can spend the night in their car, put up a tent in the back yard, make a fort in the living room, wrap up in blankets on the sofa or spend the night in a sleeping bag on the floor. Participants are asked to post photos of their experience on social media, tag Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear and use the hashtag #NightWithoutABed to help raise awareness.

“We hope this event draws much-needed attention to the issue of family homelessness. Many people think of homelessness as something that only impacts individuals or that is only occurring in big cities.  There are homeless families right here in our community and they need help more now than ever,” says Jessica Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator for Family Promise.

Donations of support can be made at www.nightwithoutabed.org/organizations/family-promise-of-the-lower-cape-fear. More information on this event and how to get involved in the fight against family homelessness can be found online at www.familypromiselowercapefearnc.org.