Indiana kids spend night in cardboard to raise understanding of homelessness

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Despite the rain one group of kids is trudging on with their goal.

They stayed the night outside Saturday night in what they call box city. For the second year now these kids are building make shift homes out of card board boxes and packing tape. Raising money for Family Promise, a group that helps homeless families with children gain access to food and shelter as well as other necessities to help them get back on their feet.

Coordinators say that experiences like this are crucial to help open the eyes of kids that may have never been exposed to homelessness before.

“So this is geared to kind of bring the experience to them and let them experience it and to get them thinking about it. As well as how they can become a part of the solution as well,” said Lori Mann, executive director of Family Promise.

The kids participating in this evening’s box city event look to raise around one thousand dollars. They says that’s enough money to support three families in the Family Promise program for almost two weeks.

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