GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Hundreds of people In Pitt County spent the day in jail for a good cause Wednesday.
It was part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association lock up, which raises money for the group.
Organizers say each person locked up was asked to raise $3,200, ultimately hoping to raise $60,000 total.
Those locked up reached out to friends to help raise their “bail money.”
The money will be used to send 63 kids with a muscular disease to camp in June for free.
Organizers say the camp lets the kids just be kids.
“Some of the camps just aren’t able to facilitate their needs,” said Angelica Hickey, fundraiser coordinator. “We have children that range in various levels of their diseases. They may be in wheelchairs. They may be trached (have had a tracheotomy) and at YMCA campaigns we’re able to facilitate their needs.”
There are expected to be more than 300 Lock-Up events throughout the U.S. in 2017. Last year, jailbirds, dedicated participants, raised $10.3 million through Lock-Up for MDA.
Every dollar raised through Lock-Up benefits MDA’s mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care at the MDA Care Center at UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke.
If you’d like to still donate to the cause, you can do so here.