By GUY FLETCHER
It was cold and damp Friday night, but Glenda S. Helman said that's just the way it should have been.
"We felt it was important that we do this and get out here anyway, because homeless people can't get out of the rain," said Hellman, chairwoman of the Washington County Task Force on Homelessness' "'Grate' American Sleepout" at Hagerstown City Park.
The event gave about 20 area residents a chance to give up the warmth of their warm, dry homes for one evening and replace such comfort with sleeping bags and barrel fires.
Helman said the idea is educate the public about the homelessness in the community by experiencing both physically and emotionally the effects it has on its victims.