Boy Scouts camp out in cardboard boxes to draw attention to the homelessness
On Friday, December 8th, Boy Scout Troop 531 will be camping outside in “Freezing for a Reason.” The boys will be building their sleeping arrangements for the nights out of cardboard boxes while gathering warmth from a nearby campfire.
The troop is asking for donated items from the community as they draw attention to homelessness. Donations can include non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper towels, coats, gloves, etc. They will be donated to GAP (Grandview Assistance Program).
The public is invited to visit and warm their hands by the fire, starting at 7 p.m. Friday until Saturday morning. Martin City Baptist Church is located at 520 E. 132 St. Donations are accepted prior to the campout. Call Dan 816-838-3864 or Kim 816-217-8648 to make arrangements.
The following week, local Boy Scout Troop 46 will be doing the same thing at St. Peter & All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 E. Red Bridge Rd., on Saturday, December 16. Their event, “A Night in the Cold,” will also draw attention to homelessness and collect items for the homeless in Kansas City.
“This one night of discomfort for our scouts gives them a small taste of the hardship some folks in Kansas City face on a daily basis,” says Scoutmaster Duane Ball. “We hope the community will come out to support our scouts as they raise funds to help the homeless in our region.”
Drive-by donations will be accepted from 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Cash or food donations are welcome. To make donations to Boy Scout Troop 46 prior to the event, contact Kellye Crockett at KCbunch@gmail.com.