Billings residents can participate in a fundraiser for the homeless while getting a glimpse into what it’s like to live on the streets Saturday evening at the 5th annual Cardboard Box City.
Cardboard Box City is a benefit for the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Yellowstone County, whose mission is to help homeless families achieve and sustain independence.
Those wanting to participate are asked to show up at Rocky Mountain College between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday with imaginatively designed boxes large enough to sleep in for a night.
The most creative boxes will win prizes. There will also be prizes for the individual and group raising the most money.
During the last academic school year, 497 homeless students were in School District 2, according to the IHN. Only one month into this school year, the group estimates that there are 182 homeless students in Billings Public Schools. Sixty percent of the people served by the IHN are children.
A soup line dinner will be provided, along with entertainment and a continental breakfast Sunday morning.
IHN is made up of 24 Billings religious congregations and more than 1,800 volunteers who provide meals and shelter for families experiencing homelessness.
Registration forms are due by Friday and are available at http://billingsihn.org/. Registration is $25, and participants are encouraged to collect additional pledges.