WASHINGTON (WJLA) — A group of Washington, D.C. mothers is organizing local host families and matching them with students traveling to the area for "March for Our Lives" in order to provide free lodging for the teens and their chaperones.
Across the country, students walked out of school demanding tighter gun control laws a month after the deadly Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Many of those teenagers will descend on D.C. for the March 24 demonstration.
Elizabeth Andrews is the mom of a high school senior and knew she wanted to help after survivors of the Florida school shooting announced they were headed to the nation’s capital to call for gun reform.
"I sent out a tweet into the universe which was really more of a hope and a dream and said, ‘Gee, I'm a D.C. parent and if you're coming to town, I'd be happy to find lodging for you,” she said.
After that one tweet, Andrews had 10 moms ready to connect traveling students with local host families. They created the group "March For Our Lives Lodging." So far, they’ve organized 1,000 families that offer more than 3,000 beds for those headed to Washington.
"If I refer to myself as anything, it's the accidental activist,” Andrews said.
Three hundred people from around the country are matched with families who will provide a place to stay for the weekend and in some cases, join them for the march.
Neighborhoods are planning potluck dinners and poster-making parties for the night before the protest.
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