Students sacrifice to raise awareness of homeless and hunger...
For those in our area, spring break is either still in full swing or is a not-so-distant memory. While many head to the beach, some students instead chose to build a "cardboard city" to help raise awareness of the needs of the homeless and hungry.
Sign from students at their "Cardboard City" event
As reported in The Daily Home, students from Eureka Baptist Church built cardboard houses and spent an evening in their make-shift homes in the church parking lot. For each hour spent in their shelters, students solicited sponsors to raise funds for area shelters including us, the Jimmie Hale Mission and our shelter for women and children, Jessie's Place.
Mission rep Wes Parkhurst shared with students about the realities of homeless
and what we at the Jimmie Hale Mission do to help those suffering
As part of the event, Mission representative Wes Parkhurst spoke to the students and shared with them about what the Jimmie Hale Mission ministries does. Parkhurst was able to provide a unique insight to shelter life, having first come to our Men's Center as client, and then coming on staff and working with us for several years as Program Coordinator.
According to Eureka's Senior Pastor, Jason Grissom, "To ask these kids to do this...was a great sacrifice." He continued to say he thought this project would help create sympathy for truly living in poverty.
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