The Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network will be helping out the homeless this weekend in its first Cardboard Box City fundraiser.
The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Saturday at two locations in Longview: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on McCann Road and Longview Christian Church on H.G. Mosley Parkway.
There will be concessions, live music and contests, including best decorated cardboard box and most money raised.
Participants will camp out in cardboard boxes overnight in order to raise awareness for homeless families in the Longview area. Cardboard boxes will be purchased by receiving donations and/or participants making personal donations at a minimum of $100.
LINH is a non-profit organization that helps people who have been victims of poverty. They house 12 to 20 families each year, allowing them to stay together as they get back on their feet.
Gus LaFosse, KC English instructor, will be participating in the event. LaFosse is an avid advocate for the homeless who has spent about three months in the past year on the streets of Dallas, Las Angeles and Shreveport.
“I use these experiences to raise awareness about the growing problem in our community,” LaFosse said.
However, he discourages students from trying to live out on the streets for observation. He says Cardboard Box City is a safe way for students to share in the experience.
“When I saw this event, I thought it was a perfect opportunity for [students] to experience homelessness while raising money for an excellent cause,” LaFosse said.
Registration forms are available at www.longviewihn.com.
For more information contact LIHN at 903-234-8343.