Annual "Cardboard Nation" draws attention to plight of the homeless

Annual "Cardboard Nation" draws attention to plight of the homeless

From Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. to Oct. 28 at 7 a.m., students willing to participate in Cardboard Nation had to relinquish their phones, laptops and iPods and experience what it is like to be homeless. They got to experience the life of what a homeless person goes through every night.

Cardboard Nation is meant to provide the most realistic yet safe homeless living experience possible. Participants slept the night in a cardboard box, as the homeless do, in order to raise awareness of the homeless.

Dr. Candace Hansford, associate professor of social work, said, “I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication of the social work students putting cardboard nation together to bring awareness of homelessness in the rural regions. It is definitely here in Taylor County and other rural areas more than we realize.

“We were delighted to be able to raise not only awareness but also funds for our local homeless shelter, Green River Ministries. We are extremely grateful to all who participated either through spending the night or donating money. We had a great time even amidst the cold and the rain. Also, we want to give aspecial thanks to Rob Collins and his class for covering the event.”

Green River Ministries is located at 55 Clem Haskins Blvd., Campbellsville.

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