ESU students work to help people who are homeless

By Alex Turley and Chuck Samples April 14, 2018 270 0
An Emporia State student sits outside Didde Catholic Campus Center as part of the annual Sleep in a Box fundraiser for the Emporia Rescue Mission on Saturday. Photo by Alex Turley/KVOE News. An Emporia State student sits outside Didde Catholic Campus Center as part of the annual Sleep in a Box fundraiser for the Emporia Rescue Mission on Saturday. Photo by Alex Turley/KVOE News.

Students at Emporia State University are raising awareness about homelessness -- and they are doing something else to help the cause as well.

Over the weekend, Didde Catholic Campus Center hosted Emporia State students who are participating in the Sleep in a Box fundraiser. ESU Junior Kyler Akagi talked about why he got involved.

Akagi says the simulation puts into perspective of how much harder life is for someone who is homeless, especially during harsh weather like we have seen this past winter. Akagi says funds will go to support the Emporia Rescue Mission.

Organized by students in Didde Catholic Campus Center, members of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and Associated Student Government have also participated despite cold, windy conditions. 

The drive ends Sunday and totals will be announced Monday. All totals will be matched by the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation with the Rescue Mission in the middle of its biggest fundraiser of the year. The Rescue Mission is hoping to raise at least $60,000 to offset operating costs, with all financial donations matched by the Feinstein Foundation. There are also at least two other matching efforts linked to this year's drive.

The event raised more than $2,200 for the Emporia Rescue Mission last year.

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