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Freezin for a Reason raises thousands for homeless

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Freezin For A Reason raises money to raise awareness for homelessness. (WFSB) Freezin For A Reason raises money to raise awareness for homelessness. (WFSB)
COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

With those freezing temperatures out there this weekend, most people are trying to stay warm inside, but one charity is purposely staying outside all weekend to raise awareness about homelessness and to help others in need.

Even with the negative wind chills, the group Freezin for a Reason spent all weekend on the town green in Colchester. They were collecting donations for the Colchester Food Bank. 

"We have a five gallon pale that's the way we get donations," said Freezin for a Reason founder Fred Brown. 

Freezin for a Reason raised $15,000 and the event was called “a great success.”

"Too many people that are freezing have to chose between heating their homes and buying medication," Brown said. 

The group has been doing this event for seven years. People, who have used the money to heat their homes, come by to share their stories of how grateful they are for the help.

"Now that they are on their feet, they tell us these stories and they are making donations," Rob Suchecki with Freezin for a Reason said. "It's very nice."

Colchester resident Cari Duigou drove by to drop off her donation. Duigou said there are a lot of people out there who just cant make all the bills meet and those people might be our neighbors.

"We all know someone who lost their job and it could be any of us," Duigou said.  

These guys know the temperatures could get dangerously low this weekend, but they said they will stick it out to prove a point.

"We are not going to cancel, but this is what it about freezing for a reason," Brown said. "They do it all year. We can do it for two nights. "

Freezin for a Reason was outside until noon on Sunday. 

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