Welcome to Jolly Jay's Campers
Welcome to our family's fundraising page for Reggie's Sleepout! We are participating to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth in our community. When I first heard about YSS I didn't even fathom that some kids turning 18 didn't have a place to live or family to help support them. We know this occurs as teens age out of the foster care system. We have personally seen the number of teens at youth shelters in Des Moines. Reggie's Sleepout is near to our family as Reggie was Jay's uncle. Although we never met Reggie we know the importance of supporting homeless youth. We can assume that Reggie struggled and didn't have enough supports in place which led to his tragic death at just 18 years old.
On at least one night from September 4-13 (tentatively September 6), our family will be sleeping out to experience some of the effects of homelessness. I'm sleeping out in solidarity with the people in our community who might be sleeping outside every night. Due to COVID-19 Reggie's sleepout can occur in your own backyard or living room floor. This helps to humble us to get just a small understanding of what Reggie endured. We hope you will join our team and join us in sleeping out with your family.
You can also help youth experiencing homelessness by donating towards my fundraising goal! Proceeds go towards YSS (Youth Services & Shelter) which offer a youth shelter as well as services for homeless youth to help them be independent adults and reach their goals.
Thanks for your support!
All funds raised from Reggie's Sleepout go to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC). IHYC is a community-based organization of YSS, Inc.
Offline donations can be mailed directly to IHYC attn. Reggie's Sleeout at 612 Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309. If donating to a specific camper, please include their First and Last Name.
For questions, please call IHYC at 515.883.2379
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