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WSSU fraternity to hold 22nd annual Sleep-Out for the Homeless Friday

WSSU students brave the elements to shed light on the issue of homelessness in the community during "Sleep-Out for the Homeless" event.

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) students will brave the elements on Friday, Nov. 16, to shed light on the issue of homelessness in the community.

WSSU’s Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma is sponsoring the 22nd annual Sleep-Out for the Homeless on WSSU’s campus near the clocktower beginning at 6 p.m.

“I want people to understand how homeless people feel,” said Malik Taylor, a senior psychology major and president of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. “You don’t know what someone is going through until you put yourself in their shoes.”

Delta Alpha is accepting clothing, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations throughout the week. Donation boxes have been placed in residence halls to make them more accessible to students. Donations also will be collected during the event.

Delta Alpha is partnering organizations, including: WSSU’s Project GIVE, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ Project Hope, the Samaritan Ministries, and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Last year, the fraternity raised more than $1,200 for Samaritan Ministries, 15 boxes of clothing to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, 850 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and 800 school supplies for Project HOPE.

Monetary donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/pbsdasleepout.

Sydney Bowman, a senior mass communications major, is an intern in WSSU's Integrated Marketing Communications.

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