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VIDEO: Oakland Mom Sleeps On NYC Streets To Help Homeless Youngsters

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Dianna Ivanov of Oakland. Photo Credit: Facebook

OAKLAND, N.J.– Moved by the stories of homeless youngsters scuffling on the streets of New York, Dianna Ivanov of Oakland accepted Covenant House's "Sleep Out Challenge: Mother's Edition."

The mother of four will camp out with other moms Friday on West 41st Street in Manhattan – with a cardboard box and sleeping bag ( WATCH the video above ).

Convenant House "is not just giving them a bed for the night," said Ivanov, a foreclosure specialist and Realtor with Keller Williams Village Square. "They're really helping them rebuild their lives."

The goal is for each participant 22 or older to raise at least $2,000.

The money will go toward serving the thousands of youngsters each year who turn to Covenant House for a hot meal, a roof and more -- including education, job searches and housing assistance.

The Sleep Out Movement calls on volunteers not to pretend to be homeless but to "show a group of kids unconditional love and absolute respect," said Brian O'Toole of Hillsdale , who participated in a November sleep out.

"I can't do everything," Ivanov said, "but I can do this and help somebody – or a few somebodies."

TO DONATE: Dianna's Sleep Out Page

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