Recently, several recognizable faces could be found sleeping outside on the streets of Broadway in New York City. They were doing it to raise awareness for a charitable cause.
Covenant House is an organization that helps young people who are homeless, runaways or trafficked to find safety in their cities, and one of their fundraising efforts is an annual night of sleeping outside in New York City to raise awareness and money for the youth.
Rachel Brosnahan, star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has been involved in the sleepout for six years now and continues to show up and sleep out for the cause. The organization is able to help 80,000 people each year. “From that point forward, I wanted to become more and more involved. And I think that’s something that everybody who participates in this event is struck by,” she said.
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Sleep Out: Stage & Screen is less than 24 hours away! I’ll be taking over the @covenant_house Instagram tomorrow eve to share pictures and videos (maybe even take a stab at a live vid!) so you can all share the night with me, #TeamMaisel and all the other artists who are Sleeping Out. Give the page a follow and I’ll see you there tomorrow! Still plenty of time to donate, if you haven’t yet! 🌟Link In Bio 🌟
According to the organization’s website, they were able to raise more than $374,000 against an original goal of $300,000.
According to Christian Post, Brosnahan explained something that Covenant House’s president and CEO told her about homelessness:
The least interesting thing about the young people who stay and live at Covenant House is the fact that they are homeless. They are artists and writers and brothers and sisters and mothers and daughters and friends and aspiring scientists and rappers and teachers and paramedics. They have so much energy and so many dreams that they’re ready to put out into the world.
They are human beings who deserve the same dignity and respect as you and I do and what’s not to be passionate about. Young people are the future. I think that we’re seeing that in full effect right now at this very moment. Young people have loud and powerful voices and we should be looking to them and lifting them up and supporting them. I’m so grateful that an organization like Covenant House exists that does just that.