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Living like those less fortunate while donating to a local cause

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More than 100 people spend Friday night and into tomorrow morning like those less fortunate. We're talking about the homeless, down on their luck, with a small number of possessions to call their own. This overnight experience is all for a good cause.

Participants will spend 12 hours doing what so many homeless people do everyday, sleeping outside, in a box, to briefly see what it's like.

They're sleeping under the stars after walking a mile under the night sky. One night spent doesn't mean you know exactly what homeless people go through, but organizers from the Rockford Rescue Mission say it offers more than just a typical fundraiser, which this is. People are giving money to help out those who use the mission's services at the shelter, whether it's a place to eat, sleep, or get back on their feet with a drug and alcohol recovery program.

The Erickson family planned to brave the possible rain and sleep outside Friday night. This is their second time at the even, and they help out at the rescue mission. Each have their own reasons why volunteering at the shelter is so meaningful.

"You see them at the Mission all the time and you don't get to stay outside and experience what they have to go through." -says Talli Erickson.

Her mom D-Ann Erickson tells us at the shelter, "You put faces to names and we've gotten to know so many of the residents down there and it's not just a 'Come and eat and stay,' they've got a great program and we've heard so many success stories."

D-Ann's son Parker expresses what blessings he appreciates most.

"It's just nice getting to have a warm house and a roof over your head." -he says.

Rockford Rescue Mission workers and volunteers serve more than 400 meals each day. About 170 people stay overnight.

The fundraiser took place on Rockford College's campus.

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