A group of Todd & Sargent employees and their families participated in Reggie's Sleepout at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa on March 25th. Our group and hundreds of others gathered at the football stadium to sleep in tents, sleeping bags, and boxes to raise awareness of homelessness in the community.
The T&S group also participated in the "Boxed-In Design Contest". This activity was to help educate and advocate for youth homelessness by creating a box shelter out of cardboard to sleep in for the event. Our participants designed a shelter based on one of our feed mill designs. Brian Watson from our Marketing department was even interviewed on KCCI during the event. Watch the video here.
Reggie's Sleepout Ames raised funds for three different organizations: Youth & Shelter Services (YSS), Emergency Residence Project (ERP), and Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS). The 2017 event raised a total of $96,646!
Reggie's Sleepout started in 2001 at Drake University in Des Moines. This was the first year the event took place in Ames. It is named after Reggie Kelsey, a young man aged out of the foster care system who was found in the Des Moines River after several months without resources to turn to.