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9/24/2013 10:58:00 AM
Cardboard box city coming to Dodge Center October 17

• Box dwellers, bands, volunteers, DJ needed for awareness/benefit event

By Tara Lindquist

Area youth and families are currently out raising money for the third annual Dodge County Cardboard Box City Fundraiser.

The fundraiser began three years ago at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield by a confirmation class. Participants sleep in a cardboard box, to raise homelessness awareness. Participants are served a simple dinner of soup and a breakfast of oatmeal in a bag. They sleep outdoors in the elements and are not allowed to bring electronic devices or use indoor plumbing. All activities during the evening take place outdoors.

This year's event will be held on Thursday, October 17, at Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center, in West Park.

Coordinator of the event, Cindy Wiste said they are trying to make the benefit more of a county-wide event and planners are trying to get more churches and organizations involved. Last year there were five area churches that were represented and they are hoping to see that increased this year. There were 45 organizations that received information on the Cardboard Box City this year so organizers are optimistic in having a record-breaking turnout.

"This is a fundraiser for SEMCAC for a special fund they have which helps people who fall between the cracks in their other programs,"Wiste said. "We don't currently (to our knowledge) have any homeless in Dodge County but there is always the reality that it could happen without help."

There is a $20 registration fee for each person who participates and they are also urged to raise $100. Groups that participate make a cardboard box complex to sleep in for the night. There will be outdoor games available for kids, local bands are currently being sought to perform and organizers are still looking for a DJ as well. They are also in need of volunteers to help serve the soup supper and help with activities throughout the evening.

All of the proceeds are donated to SEMCAC, to help people that may not qualify for other programs. Thrivent Financial is contributing supplemental funds.

For more information or to register your family or organization you may call Cindy at 507-477-2248.

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