VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP)- Several groups pitched tents at a local park to raise awareness about youth who don't have a place to call home.
The annual Sleep Out was held today at Jackson Park in Vienna.
Dozens made tents and makeshift shelters to camp out at the park as a way to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth.
The event was hosted by the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.
Organizers say it's a fun way to get the community involved and educated about the cause.
Frances Coyne-Davis, coordinator for Sleep Out, explains the importance of the community involvement. "It’s amazing how many kids do not have direction and don't have support from home and end up leaving in order to survive. Well we look at this as community support. So anyone that looks at homeless youth and has to help support them, this can actually help us all work together in doing that."
This year's theme was 'friends helping friends.'
Organizers say last year they raised enough money to support a total of 40 youth in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
This year they hope to raise around 30 thousand dollars.