Students camp out in the cold for a cause

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mount Spokane High School students who are involved in Project H.O.P.E., the Homeless Outreach Project and Empowerment program, are camping out on school grounds to raise money for a local homeless shelter.

Freshman through senior students spent their Friday night singing while gathered around a campfire to help those less fortunate.

"We just saw that the Women's and Children's Crisis Center at the Union Gospel Mission is in really bad place. We thought this is quick and easy way to help," says Michelle McDonald, student leader of Project H.O.P.E.

Their goal is to raise $5,000 to sponsor a room in the shelter, a safe place to keep women and children in crisis off the streets. The Women and Children's Crisis Center plans to open a new building November 30th.

"Honestly, I have a big heart. I love helping other people and I want them to be as happy as any other person in life and I really think that's an important thing to do," says Mount Spokane sophomore, Catherine Daniels.

They started camping out at 3:30 in the afternoon and plan to stay for 24 hours, even with temperatures dropping to the 30's Friday night.

"Well, just being here right now, it's super cold and really dark to even go to the bathroom is an ordeal and that is a struggle that everyday we don't have to deal with or realize," says McDonald.

"Well, I mean it's hard to stay warm and be comfortable," says Daniels.

"A couple of my family members have been on the streets, so I think its good to help. Just keep you head up high. I know it's rough, you can get through this. I have faith in you," says Kaitlyn Cohoon, sophomore at Mount Spokane High.

Sponsors are donating money for each hour they are camping out, helping them raise about $2,200.

"Just being with everyone here and for good cause, that's what makes it great," says Daniels.

If you would like to get involved, you can write a check to Mt. Spokane High School with the subject line Project H.O.P.E., or donate here.