Members of the Harrisville community are raising money for the Salvation Army in Parkersburg and raising awareness for homelessness at the same time by spending the night on the sidewalk in cardboard boxes.
Organizers found out that the Salvation Army needed supplies and money, so they organized the "Holiday Hope Drive" and received a better reaction than expected.
"Around 10 of us will probably stay the whole night. We gathered the money, I think we have about $1,300 in hand tonight to hand over. And then more pledges that are contributing to the fund," said organizer Anthony Farr.
They had originally set a $1,000 goal, but they reached that goal only 12 hours after setting it. One of the participants explained why she wanted to be homeless for a night.
"I just wanted to really bring my family out and show them that this is a way of life for some people. And we're just so grateful for everything that we have and I just really thought this would be an experience that would really last and my kids would talk about it for a long time to come, and that would make them more grateful for the things that they do have" said participant Heather Reese.
The participants will stay on the sidewalks until 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning. The organizers expected to reach their goal of $2,000 Wednesday night.