On Friday night into Saturday, the Youth of the Orange Congregational Church participated in the “Freeze Out,” fundraising event to benefit Youth United/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.
Some residents drove by and handed the kids donations for the cause.
A shanty town of cardboard boxes in front of the church provided them a little shelter from the elements. Tarps kept the snow and rain from soaking and weakening the structure.
The event began at 6 p.m. with a pizza dinner for the participants and ended around 8 a.m. on Saturday.
After dinner the youths and adult chaperones rotated every hour to experience living outside on a cold January night. Those who were inside the church hall participated in activities and listened to guest speakers.
This year, Orange police officer Mary Bernegger’s drug-sniffing K9, laborador “Trent” impressed his audience with his amazing ability to find even trace amounts of drugs that his partner hid inside the church building prior to the demonstration.
At 6 a.m., before breakfast, two chaperones, Karen and Stuart were shoveling snow and already had built a snowman.