The two stars have joined “The World’s Big Sleep Out,” which aims to help one million homeless and displaced people across the globe by raising money and awareness.
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“Think for a minute about what home means to you,” the Gemini Man actor says in a new video for the campaign. “To me, home means conversation. It’s the place where my family comes together, and that’s the most beautiful part of home. But there are over 100 million people in the world that don’t have a place to call home.”
[Watch the video below]
“The World’s Big Sleep Out” events are scheduled to take place across the globe on December 7.
“We are hoping for 50,000 people to sleep out in the world’s largest display of solidarity and support for homeless and displaced people,” Oscar-winning actress Mirren explains in the video. “Major sleep out events will be happening in Trafalgar Square, in Times Square, and in 50 cities across the world.”
What does home mean to you? Maybe it's comfort & security, or family & love. But there are 100m people with nowhere to call home. Join Will Smith, Dame Helen Mirren & Chris Martin in calling for an end to global #homelessness.
Register now at https://t.co/ojWRFiKOcH#BigSleepOut pic.twitter.com/aNdH1ZsVzM
— The Worlds Big Sleep Out (@BigSleepOuts) October 22, 2019
Event organizer Josh Littlejohn adds a message in the video, saying the goal is for participants to “walk in the shoes of people that we would normally walk past.”
Also appearing in the video is Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. According to the event’s website, Smith will be appearing live in Times Square in New York to read a bedtime story to participants, while Mirren will appear live in London’s Trafalgar Square. Musicians are also being lined up to perform “stripped back” acoustic sets at the gatherings.
Here in Los Angeles, the event will take place in Elysian Park. Homelessness is a particularly pressing issue in L.A., where the number of people living on the streets jumped 16% over the past year, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. It’s estimated that there are currently 36,000 people in the city experiencing homelessness.