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24 hours of homelessness ends with local official on top of billboard

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

What are you willing to do to help someone in need? 

Salvation Army Captain Ken Chapman answers that question Wednesday night as he begins living as a homeless person for 24 hours – no food, no drink, no shelter.

He will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday and end Thursday at 4 p.m.

To raise the stakes of awareness, he will be standing on the billboard in front of Steinmart on I-55 North.

"By standing on the billboard, Captain Chapman is not only adding a fear factor to his mission, he is magnifying every condition a homeless person goes through," says Kristin Miller, Communications Director at The Salvation Army. "Whatever the weather does, he will feel it on a much higher scale because he is 30 feet from the ground. In addition, the platform for him to stand on is three feet wide… and doesn't have a guardrail."

This is the official kick off to the "What are you willing to do?" campaign that will run throughout 2014. The Salvation Army created this campaign to ask people what they will sacrifice to help another person. 

The nonprofit organization hopes this lights a fire within Mississippians and inspires them to think about and do more for others.

Family and friends are encouraged to come out Wednesday night from 4 p.m. to 8p.m. to support Captain Chapman. A live Christmas Camel will be on site for photo opportunities along with The Salvation Army Red Kettle inflatable for kids to play in, free hot chocolate, and live music!


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