Tech’s Residential Life is hosting Cardboard City from 7 p.m. March 30 to 7 the following morning March 31 at the main quad.
Cardboard City, co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity, is an event raising awareness about homelessness and hunger. Proceeds and donations for the event will be split between the Cookeville Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
Participants in the event will build houses out of cardboard boxes and then sleep in the boxes for one night. The event’s slogan is “Sleep in a box for one night for those who sleep in one every night.”
“It’s good that we’re doing this because not every one knows how bad it is,” Kimberly Manning, Habitat for Humanity president, said. “Even though we’re in Cookeville, there is still poverty, homelessness and hunger.
“It would just be refreshing for people to know that college students care about those people and are making an effort to spend at least one night knowing what it feels like.”
There will be cardboard box decorating and building competitions, music, dancing and giveaways throughout the night.
Admission for the event includes either a canned good, cash donation or tools. Participants must bring tools to assemble the houses, while some cardboard boxes will be provided.
The first 50 participants will receive a free T-shirt. Soup and drinks will be provided on a first come, first served basis.