Students sleeping in boxes in homelessness awareness event

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Millikin students are spending a night sleeping in boxes to get a better understanding of what a homeless person goes through.

They gathered outside in cold and windy conditions Friday night at 5 p.m., when they set up their shelters. Their goal is to make it through the night sleeping in boxes in a bitter weather situation.

“As students, as the future people who can impact these people’s lives, it’s a social issue people need to be aware of,” said student Blake Carmichael.

A lot of the students who take part in Box City – and 36 of them signed up in 2018 – are majoring in human services. They set up a few fires for warmth, but a WAND-TV reporter who came to the scene noticed the wind was blustering, sometimes knocking down their shelters. It looked to be a challenging night.

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, the students will walk to the Good Samaritan Inn for the final part of their learning experience.