Friday, April 4, 2008

Giving up beds for boxes

By Karina Rajtar
Cardinal Staff

Students spent the night camping in the plaza in cardboard boxes for this year’s Shak-a-thon on April 3.

Shak-a-thon is part of Habitat for Humanity’s Act! Speak! Build! Week, a national week of advocacy committed to informing the public of the need for more adequate housing, as millions of people live in substandard housing world-wide.

Both members of Habitat for Humanity and non-member students gave up their warm beds for the cold, hard concrete and a cardboard box in order to raise awareness for those people who may not have the comforts of a warm and comfortable night’s sleep.

Other Act! Speak! Build! Week events included a prayer service after Sunday’s Mass, a poster party Monday night, a Walk to Rally with Winona State on Tuesday, and a slideshow featuring Saint Mary’s University Habitat for Humanity volunteers before the SAC movie on Wednesday night.

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