No matter what the weather, the youth of the Orange Congregational Church have participated in the “Freeze Out,” an important fundraising event to benefit Youth United/Habitat for Humanity for the past several years.
You will notice a shanty town of cardboard boxes out in front of the church this weekend. Each year the structure takes on a more elaborate style as those who construct it learn from the previous year’s design.
The 2015 Freeze Out begins at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 23 with a pizza dinner for the participants and ends around 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Snow is expected to fall right after midnight, so, bundle up kids!
After dinner the youths and adult chaperones will rotate every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who are inside the church hall will participate in activities and listen to guest speakers — often an Orange Police Officer and/or a representative from Habitat for Humanity.
The purpose of this event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport. The Orange Congregational group hopes to raise at least $2,000 from this event to put toward its $10,000 State Farm Matching Grant.
Each teen who participates is required to get friends and family members to sponsor them to stay out in the cold and raise a minimum of $35 each.
Residents are welcome and encouraged to drive by anytime during the Freeze Out, see the shanty town and make a donation if you’d like.