Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hosted the event, Sleep Out for the Homeless, as part of the fraternity’s national initiative. The fraternity organizes the program to show support for the millions of homeless people in the U.S.
The event started at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday at SASB plaza to celebrate the establishment of the fraternity in 1914.
It lasted until 6 a.m. today. Students slept outside while people could drop by to donate clothes, food and other items. The donations will go to the Inter-Faith Council’s Community House, a homeless shelter located on West Rosemary Street.
Frank Tillman, the president of the fraternity, said this is the third year the chapter has held the event. He said the chapter hosts it at UNC every semester, and last semester about 75 people came to the event.
He said the chapter also has other service events and weekly volunteer activities to help disadvantaged teens throughout the year.
The Xi Gamma Chapter was founded in 1982 at UNC and currently has four members.
Junior Danny Davenport, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said he attended the event to support fraternity camaraderie. He also said he wanted to show support for those who have to sleep outside everyday.
“I just want to come out and show my support to these matters,” he said.