Simpson University students raise donations and awareness for the local homeless population

For Immediate Release

04.08.2010

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University’s Social Action Committee will launch its 2nd Annual 25:40 Project today to raise donations for Living Hope Compassion Ministries in Redding.

A group of at least 50 Simpson students will sleep outside on campus tonight through Sunday night to raise 150 donated sleeping bags, blankets, and backpacks from community members. Donated items should be in good or new condition and can be dropped off at the cross on the Simpson University campus during the duration of the sleep-out. All donations will go to Living Hope, a non-profit organization that serves homeless and low-income families in Redding.

Katie Larkins, coordinator for the 25:40 Project and student at Simpson University, said that Simpson’s Social Action Committee wants to be a proactive partner with the Redding community in bringing awareness of and aid to the local homeless population.

“With this growing and ever-present problem, we want to be creative in the way we reach out to a largely overlooked portion of our community,” said Larkins. “It is our hope that this project will be a welcome reminder to all of us to be sensitive to one of the many issues facing our society today. We have all been gifted with the ability to serve one another in ways that can make a difference, and it is with great joy that we set out to achieve such goals."

Jordan Storment, director of volunteers at Living Hope and an ‘07 Simpson alumnus, said, “It encourages me to see that Simpson University students are serving in our local community. Last year after the students dropped off their donations we had a line around our building of people wanting a sleeping bag. It’s a consistent need in our community.”

“The 25:40 Project is named after Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

Living Hope is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the homeless and low-income population in Redding by providing day shelters, meals, a food bank, showers, clothing, laundry, counseling, and other services as needed. All services are free of charge to their clients. For more information on Living Hope, visit www.livinghoperedding.com.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs includes ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

 

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