BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York pastor is returning to live with the homeless during the week of Thanksgiving for the 20th year.

WIVB-TV reports the Rev. Eric Johns will start sleeping outside and eating from soup kitchens Monday to help raise awareness for the Buffalo Dream Center's Boxes of Love campaign.

Johns says he is prepared for any kind of weather, and his 14-year-old and 15-year-old sons will join him overnight this year.

He says sleeping on the concrete and walking during the day has gotten tougher over the years. But he hopes someone else will eventually take over to "shine the light on the need."

Johns says the Boxes of Love campaign hopes to feed more than 3,000 families this year.

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