ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Despite the bitter cold overnight temperatures, 20 St. Louis area executives spent the night outside to raise awareness and money for homeless children. These business leaders were given sleeping bags and cardboard boxes to lie on. The group headed outside around 10p.m. Thursday night. This annual event is organized by the Covenant House, Missouri.
It's a non-profit group which dedicates 100 percent of its resources to homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth not in the foster care system.
Covenant House gives homeless kids a place to stay as well as food and security. The organization also helps kids get the equivalent of G.E.D.`s, training as well as job placement. Last year alone, Covenant House served more than 5,800 young people. In addition to raising awareness about homeless chidren, this event also raises money for Covenant House.
This year, the executives raised more than $200,000 through the sleep out.