Clubs, organizations unite for ‘Night Without a Home’

In honor of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, “Night Without A Home” will be held on Nov. 13 from 7 p.m. to educate students about homelessness.

“Homeless awareness is important because it helps give opportunities to those who want to help and make the world a better place,” Future Health Professionals (HOSA) President Krystal Chaidez said. “Students need to be educated so that they can be more grateful for the things they posses and start helping at a younger age.”

This is the first year that other clubs will be aiding HOSA with activities for those who attend the event. Each club will be in charge of hosting a different activity: DECA  will be decorating paper bags filled with toiletries, Environmental Club will be decorating Christmas stockings, Family, Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will be creating beanies and HOSA will be creating scarves.

“Our club decided to participate because it’s a great way to get our members involved in the community and the environment that they live in,” Environmental Club President Michael Medeiros said. “We want people to interact with our activity and feel the spirit of collaboration and teamwork.”

Required activity forms can be found outside of room H123 and must be submitted before Friday.

“‘Night Without a Home’ really helps out the community because we are making supplies that aid homeless people,” junior Kyle Omega said. “I’m attending again this year because I feel like I need to do more for my community and I want to help in any way I can.”

A family size bottle of shampoo, conditioner or body wash is also required for admission on the day of the event. Students may also donate coats and jeans to obtain community service hours.

“It’s important for people to realize how big of a difference the coat and jean drives make in the lives of people who don’t have much, especially during the winter time,” HOSA Secretary Kelly Bui said.