Despite a steady cold rain, falling temperatures and mud just about everywhere, Holy Name of Mary's God Squad embarked upon their annual Sleep-out at 4 pm today. The purpose: to increase awareness of what it is like to be homeless--and to raise funds for CHOP (Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill). Representatives of CHOP were also on hand, including the executive director of the Jan Peek House, CHOP, Donna Besteiro.
In addition, the God Squad was also collecting clothing and blankets to be distributed at the next Midnight Run on 12/27, as well as canned goods for the local food bank. This year the God Squad was joined by teens from the parish of St. Margaret of Antioch in Pearl River.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan made a special appearance, offering words of encouragement to the teens and ministry leader, Carl Barnes.
The God Squad sleep-out will continue until 11 am Sunday morning. As always, the Knights of Columbus will make breakfast in the morning. The God Squad will continue to collect donations after all masses.
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AND A 12/10 POST SLEEP-OUT PRESS RELEASE FROM CARL BARNES IS HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/press-release-god-squad-raises.html