Most of us take the roof over our heads and a warm bed for granted. But members of an area fraternity won’t.
Students in the MSSU chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity may never look at cardboard boxes the same way again. They’ve been living in them for the past several days as part of the Great Box Build Off to draw awareness to homelessness.
Noah Hembree, Kappa Sigma President: “It’s s humbling experience, especially shivering at night. It gets pretty cold, and it’s a great bonding experience for the brothers.”
This is the fifth year for the Great Box Build Off and members of the fraternity plan on sticking with this cause even after they graduate.”
Darrin Bentley, 2nd Vice President, Kappa Sigma Fraternity: “It makes you appreciate the little things you have that somebody might not. you really appreciate the feeling of knowing in winter what the homeless really have to go through.”
An estimated one third of all homeless people are military veterans. That’s another cause close to the hearts of fraternity members.
Noah Hembree, Kappa Sigma President: “Actually our national philanthropy is of military heroes campaign, so we do realize a lot of veterans are homeless. We do our main philanthropy event in the spring for veterans and the fall is homelessness.”
In addition to bringing awareness to the plight of the homeless, members also used the event as a means of raising money and collecting non-perishable food items that will be taken to Watered Gardens Gospel rescue mission.
Students in the Great Box Build Off began sleeping in the boxes on Wednesday night and finished the event today.