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Charity camping outside in Colchester to raise awareness for homelessness

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COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

While most people will try to stay warm inside this weekend, a charity group is purposely staying outside all weekend to raise awareness about homelessness.

The group "Freezin For A Reason" is collecting donations on the town green in Colchester. They have a tent, some cots, firewood, and a few other items to stay outdoors. 

"We have a five gallon pale that's the way we get donations," said founder Fred Brown, "Too many people that are freezing have to chose between heating their homes and buying medication keep their homes at 50 degrees, it's just not right."

The group has been doing this for seven years and each donation is not just a drop in the bucket. People who have used the money to heat their homes come by to share their stories of how grateful they are for the help.

"They sit and tell us these stories and they are making donations, it's very nice," said group member Rob Suchecki.

Colchester resident Cari Duigou drove by to drop off her donation.

"We all know someone who lost their job and it could be any of us, so it seems like a good cause I think especially when you might know the person," she said.

Despite the negative wind chills forecast for this weekend, the group is committed to staying outdoors.

"We are not going to cancel but this is what it's about Freezin for a reason. We can do it for two nights."

The money will go towards the Colchester Food Bank. 

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