Ambassadors raise awareness of homeless in Kilgore

Cardboard Box City allows students to experience lives of the homeless.
Cardboard Box City allows students to experience lives of the homeless.

The KC Ranger Ambassadors will be giving KC students the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of the homeless. The Ambassadors will be host Cardboard Box City to help raise awareness and funds for the local homeless population.

“We were interested in, though, making it a part of KC tradition and an event that can live on forever,” said Alex Bridges, Rockwall freshman and KC ambassador.

KC students will spend the night on the Lee Mall lawn in cardboard boxes Friday Nov 4. Students will be able to participate with $5 for a space and $10 for boxes if needed. Check-in will begin at 5:00 pm

All proceeds collected will go to Friendship Community House in Longview and Habitat for Humanity of Kilgore. Friendship Community House, run by KC English instructor Gus LaFosse, is a mission that helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.

“Our goal is to raise awareness, not only to students here at KC but also the community, about the problem we have locally with people who are homeless,” said Caleb Warren, Gladewater freshman and KC ambassador. There are 13 Ambassadors who have committed to attend the event.

The Wesley Foundation will provide supper for participants and the Christian Campus Center (Tri-C) will provide breakfast.