Youth simulate povertyThe junior and senior high youth from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria will participate in Operation Cardboard Box.
The junior and senior high youth from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria will participate in Operation Cardboard Box from 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 until noon on Sunday, December 6. The students will sleep in cardboard boxes in the church parking lot with only a campfire.
The goal of the project is to raise awareness of homelessness in Minnesota. The group also wants to collect money for the Douglas County Food Shelf and toys to donate to Jingle Bells.
Visitors are welcome from 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to 11 a.m. on Sunday, and can drop off toys or monetary donations at the site.
Other events the students plan to participate in to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness include a “poverty simulator,” where they will live in the shoes of a family of four on a limited income; and a “grocery store scavenger hunt,” in which they will have a set amount of money to purchase a week’s worth of groceries. They will be given recipes and have to make a list, then shop for the items with the money allotted.
Through Operation Cardboard Box, the students hope to collect $500, along with toys. They will also donate the food that they purchase through the grocery store project to the food shelf.
For information, call Karen Fieldhammer at (320) 763-5164 or e-mail Karen@bethesdaalexandria.org.