Sleeping outside in solidarity of the homeless

50,000 people around the world slept outside in solidarity of those who have no choice but to do so every night. This is The World's Big Sleep Out.

The World’s Biggest Sleep Out

Sleeping in the streets by choice in solidarity with homeless people. That’s what thousands of people from across the world did in The World’s Big Sleep Out. 50,000 people in over 50 cities, 52 countries were said to take part in the campaign to raise awareness for homeless and displaced people around the world. After the successes of his “Sleep Outs” in his home country of Scotland. The Institute for Global Homelessness (IGH) is a major partner of The World’s Biggest Sleep Out, along with UNICEF USA, the Malala Fund and Social Bite.

Celebrity Participation

Celebrities joined in to read bedtime stories like Will Smith and British actress Helen Mirren. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, presenter and model Lisa Snowdon, six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham, singer Jamelia, author Giovanna Fletcher, Senior fire officer Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and TV and radio presenters Kate Garraway, Cherry Healey, Angela Scanlon and Anita Rani were all set to take part.

Started in Scotland

According to Josh Littlejohn the weekend's World's Big Sleep Out would fund 100 charities. The money from previous years has been used to fund 831 flats across Scotland for homeless people as well as the Social Bite Village in north Edinburgh. Heading the campaign is Josh Littlejohn who opened up a sandwich shop called Social Bite in 2012 where he offered free food, hot drinks, and jobs to homeless people. The first sleep-out took place in 2016, where 270 people slept in an Edinburgh park. Since then, Littlejohn has gone on to advocate for ending homelessness on a global scale and hoped to raise $50 million with the 2019 sleep-out campaign.


12/12/2019 10:57 PMupdated: 12/16/2019 4:23 PM


  • Daniel G.
    03/12/2020 11:01

    This is so dumb !! How about invite a homeless person Into your home !!!!

  • Micheal M.
    03/12/2020 02:51

    I've been there it's no fun we should all do something to help whole families in the cold

  • Heather M.
    03/11/2020 18:09

    Yeah that's not even close to the real deal....but that cute

  • Yao K.
    03/11/2020 17:10

    The real question is what are you doing to make a difference,atleast this brings awareness plus it could happen to anyone I’m one person that love to help the homeless in so many different ways there are some who just need a person to listen etc you b the change and let it ripple like a pebble thrown in the ocean

  • Robert K.
    03/11/2020 12:09

    This people should have club their money together to buy food and shelter for the homeless rather than waste it on plastic bags

  • Robert K.
    03/11/2020 12:05

    All that plastic shame,

  • Anna M.
    03/11/2020 00:44

    Instead of sleeping outside invite a homeless person in.

  • Billy S.
    03/09/2020 22:24


  • Alicia L.
    03/09/2020 17:46

    The situation is bad rent is too high ,but I know we can be homeless but be clean not to pile lots of garbage .it is bad like the way you bring the garbage don't just throw it anywhere you want .is your city keep it clean feel proud of your city .Thans God for being here .people dying to be in the U.S

  • Liel H.
    03/09/2020 16:11

    We need that where I live 600 plus on the streets and the city denies it

  • Magdalena J.
    03/09/2020 02:26


  • Ron E.
    03/09/2020 01:37

    buncha dumasses ...

  • James W.
    03/08/2020 22:57

    This is great but if you really want to show support ,Sleep like they do, not in big coats and sleeping bags but in a box or on a park bench or any of many other places that they find to sleep

  • Eric P.
    03/08/2020 12:00

    No it's called Americans have gotten lazy and don't want to work anymore they want handouts from the government

  • Deanna P.
    03/08/2020 05:18

    And this did what to actually help?

  • Ben W.
    03/08/2020 02:21

    The absolute dumbest thing ever.

  • Bruce H.
    03/08/2020 02:18

    that we try to take care of us though is sad.

  • Mack M.
    03/08/2020 00:37

    Bro idgaf Im Not paying 600 a month for nothing just Togo sleep outside tf

  • Anne E.
    03/07/2020 22:32

    Most homeless people...want to be on the streets. They prefer it.

  • Ricky Y.
    03/07/2020 18:12

    that is the dumst dam theing

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