LONGVIEW – Will you give up your bed one night to change someone’s life? The Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network hopes so.
On Nov. 9, the LIHN will hold “Cardboard Box City 2012” on the lawns of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and Longview Christian Church located at McCann Road and H.G. Mosley Parkway.
The fundraiser, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., will have volunteers camping overnight in cardboard boxes to increase awareness of homeless families in the Longview area. Security will be provided for the campers, organizers said.
The “residents” will purchase cardboard boxes by raising pledges or making individual contributions totaling a minimum of $100. “Virtual residents” also will be able to sleep at home with donations.
Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network, founded in 2004, assists families with children who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness and helps the families to regain their self-sufficiency. Fourteen local churches are involved in the LIHN program.
“We are excited about the opportunity to raise funds for Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network and to raise awareness in our community about children and families experiencing homelessness,” said Deniece Morgan, chairman of the LIHN event. “Cardboard Box City is a new event for us, and it promises to be a fun time for people of all ages.”
On Nov. 9 LIHN will have concessions, live music, contests and prizes for the best-decorated box, the oldest overnight “resident” and the most money raised. The event is family friendly and open to people of all ages. Service clubs, school groups and youth organizations can use the event as a learning and team-building activity.
Registration forms to become a “resident” of the cardboard city can be found at the organization’s website: www.longviewihn.com.
For more information about LIHN or becoming a sponsor for the Nov. 9 “Cardboard Box City 2012” fundraiser, call LIHN at 903-234-8343.