Temperatures are dropping, and for many people that means spending less time outside. But for others, the uncomfortable weather is an opportunity to raise awareness about homelessness.
A group of people are braving the freezing temperatures and sleeping in tents Thursday and Friday evening, to understand what it's like to be homeless. The tents are set up in John Dam Plaza in Richland.
Nicki Welch and her friends are participating in the annual Raise Your Tents event, and say helping the homeless starts with not judging them. "See what their story is. Talk to them. To look them in the eye, to have a conversation with them or to help out in any way you can," she said.
If you would like to help out, the Union Gospel Mission is always in need of food and monetary donations. They are also asking for winter clothes. All donations will go to help the homeless. Although the event ends Friday night, they need donations throughout the year.