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Tuesday! 2017!

Today was a good one, we had the Lethbridge Herald come by, Global News, and Hudson’s Pub donated the lunch to the sleepers. Sonya von Heyking – a U of L professor – walked around campus with our sleepers asking the faculty members and other connections for donations so a BIG shoutout to her! We had a very generous family donate dinner for the sleepers last night, and a nice young lady donate a bunch of supplies for everyone.

 Our sleepers would like to say:

Ashley Prefontaine:

Last night was way warmer, and we had my friend, Katelyn Pelton as a guest sleeper with us! All of us stayed up late just talking and telling stories, which was amazing. Was pretty cold very early this morning, but later this afternoon the sun actually came out! I have definitely started to smell, which is fantastic. Only a matter of time before no one will sit near me in class… Been crazy tired today, hoping to get a really good sleep tonight. Absolutely loving this experience, will definitely be talking about this the rest of my life.

Eliza Donnelly:

Last night was pretty great, definitely warmer than the first night. We stayed up quite late exchanging stories of our best and worst days. It was so amazing because we ended up knowing each other so well and were able to relate so well with each other. Waking up this morning we found coffee, yogurt, and toe warmers all laid out for us that were donated anonymously while we were asleep. The community is all coming together in such a terrific way, I am so glad to be part of this wonderful event. I can’t wait to see what tomorrows barbecue brings.

Jaren Robinson:

Last night was a great bonding moment for all of us. We shared stories, laughed, cried, and all of us sleepers grew very close. The weather was much milder and that allowed us to really enjoy the moment more than the first night. I’m sure most of us went to sleep with a happy spirit, and optimism about the rest of the week. I know I did at least. 

The forecast had predicted a chance of rain, but aside from a few stray drops that made us worry, we woke up dry and ready for another day. I woke up to a generous donation of coffee and yogurt, but I let the rest of the sleepers stay cozy in their sleeping bags for a bit longer before we enjoyed our donation. I didn’t have any class today, so I spent a lot of today hanging out at the box, and collecting donations around campus as well. While the donations did slow down a bit, I found that I almost had more people making donations, to me at least, today. This may have been a byproduct of the fact that I had more time to go around collecting donations, but it was nice to see that we were mainly greeted with the same amount of generosity and concern that we saw yesterday. 

Tomorrow we are having our barbecue, a lot of people have expressed interest as we advertised it today. I hope that we can see it pull in a lot of donations to make up for any vigour lost by the general population on the much less glamorous “second day” as compared to the first. The weather keeps getting better and better, the donations keep coming in. This week is off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what else we have in store.

Beth Hilker:

We had an amazing night, it was nice and warm and we had some nice icebreaker stories and it brought me closer to the other sleepers. I’m starting to get on a sleep deprivation high a little bit so I’m getting a lil weird. We met a lady who used Woods Homes and she dropped of a little care package for us with some kleenex, pads, painkillers, and mouth wash. I’m so happy these people are coming forward and telling us their stories. It really helps me know that I am doing a good thing. We are getting closer and closer to our goal and I’m getting more and more anxious but excited. I can’t wait to see what the next few days bring! I’m also excited to read the letters that U of M sent us. I think that this pen pal thing is so cute and I hope we all get warm fuzzies from it all! 



Our Guest sleepers for tonight are:

Royal Adkin: SU member and very involved with the university

Jacquelyn Walker: MSS president and also very involved.

Nancy: A representative from Frito-Lay and PepsiCo. A HUGE shoutout to her for getting us chips for the BBQ tomorrow, clothing for Woods Homes and Cash donations from her coworkers <3

Our goal is to see who raised more and you will find out tomorrow!!

Our Guest sleepers would like to say:

Royal Adkin:

Tonight, I began something that I’ve wanted to do since I started University. I get to sleep outside on campus by participating in 5 Days for the Homeless! I signed up for 5 Days for the Homeless because approximately one year ago, my house burned down. I was up in Calgary attending the Alumni and Friends Dinner and Gala when I received the news. The amazing support that I received from the Lethbridge community in mere hours was what kept me and my roommates going for the rest of the school year. However, there are people that are homeless everyday and I think that these people need the same amount of support from wonderful organizations like MSS and Wood’s Homes! I’m excited for the rest of the week! THANK YOU 5 Days for the Homeless!

Jacquelyn Walker:

I am so honoured to be a part of this amazing campaign. I can still remember volunteering with the Management Students’ Society at the donation table my very first year of school and thinking THIS IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I had such a long day at the school today and I didn’t realize how much I looked forward to and appreciated my bed until that no longer was an option. There are so many things that we all have to be thankful for and this event really brings a great light to it. I know I am only spending one night out tonight but the weight that this one night has already had on me is amazing. This is the perfect end to my degree at the University of Lethbridge. Thank you Woods Homes for helping the individuals who have choice taken away from them.