Goshen college students are sleeping out in the cold tonight.
Not because of a campus housing shortage... The group wants to make the community more aware of growing problem.
“It grabs your attention, and you think what in the world is going on. We want people to come ask us what are you doing why are you here,” says Monica Blitz with Habitat for Humanity of the make shift city.
The students will spend the night in the cold, in hopes of raising awareness about homelessness, and money for habitat for humanity. They'll sleep in their make shift shacks, staying warm with only what they can carry on their backs.
“Sleeping bags, blankets, whatever people have at college to begin with. We layer and bundle up,” student Sara Wilson tells us.
The students didn’t spending the whole night in their boxes. They also went downtown, in search of a meal, with only a dollar in each of their pockets.
“I believe in the goodness of humanity. I don’t know, yeah. I think so. I hope so,” Jess Buller, a Goshen College students says as the group sets out in search of food. They set out to complete their goal of getting fed, and raising awareness... Starting with an unsuspecting waitress.
“Could you help us out at all? Like, lower the prices for anything?” Buller asks the waitress.
Later Buller tells us “I think it kind of took her off guard, and she wasn’t prepared for it, it didn’t seem like it was something she had come in contact with before.”
The goodness of humanity prevailed. But, after eating tonight, the group will tuck themselves in...trying to bring attention to what they call a tucked away problem.
Sara Wilson explains what drives her to participate in tonight’s event, “It just helps you empathize a little bit. By no means does it emulate homelessness, but it does help you understand what it must be like, to be out in the cold for a night.”
Habitat for Humanity says 6 thousand families in Elkhart County qualify for their program. Each of the students raised at least thirty dollars to go towards Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart county.