Boy Challenges Councilors to Camp

4-18 keegan with homelessEUGENE, Ore. — A 10-year-old with terminal cancer takes on the Eugene City Council.

The homeless advocate’s been meeting and feeding area homeless for the past few months. With a loaded backpack, Keegan Keppner strolled through the streets of downtown.

He’s simulating what it might be like to be homeless and living on the streets of Eugene. He will spend the night somewhere in Eugene on Friday night.

Keppner recently met with congressman Peter DeFazio. Now he’s calling out the Eugene City Council.

He wants councilors to spend the night outside, challenging them to stay on the streets for 24 to 48 hours.

“Before you make up your mind about the homeless,” said Keegan. “Go live with them. See how it feels.”

He planned to sleep at a site that had no camping signs posted. If police came by, he says would just move to a different location.


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  1. Paul M. McLaughlin says:

    Lived in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over 20 years and met many homeless people.
    The only solution of being homeless is to seek shelter and use them. Many homeless
    people were taught of how to seek employment and to have their own home, food, etc.
    Oregon is NOT the only state that have people being homeless. There are many more. However, the homeless do seek employment and feed their children after teaching the homeless the solution to their problem.

    Stop Child Abuse NOW! since 1975 to 2000 by a survivor and handicapped from over 18 years of severe childhood abuse. Read and learn of what this handicapped has done for 25 years of his works. History is seen at: http://www.efn.org/~scan scan@efn.org

  2. Jason says:

    I would like to see one of these people hold a job for 24 to 48 hours. When that happens I would be more than happy to grab my sleeping bag.

  3. Robin says:

    I don’t think empathy is the problem with the city council or many of the other citizens of this city. The city council has bent over backwards trying to listen to and accommodate the homeless. And the thanks is being verbally abused at every city council meeting by representatives of this group who seem to only be interested in others solving their problems.

    People volunteer and also support financially many not for profits who house, feed, offer medical services, etc. And the problem only gets worse. More people come to town, many of them are young people who are able bodied but for some reason think that the homeless, helpless bandwagon is a productive way to spend their lives.

    I hope this child is doing this of his own volition and not being manipulated by adults.

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