The ‘5 Days for the Homeless’ campaign is on now until March 18th. This year the event will be a virtual affair. Organizers from the The University of Lethbridge Dhillon Business Students’ Association say it is a way to educate people about our city’s homeless population. Students sleep outside in cardboard boxes for five days and try to show what the city’s less fortunate have to deal with on a daily basis.
“We give up access to a home- a shelter. As well as a warm bed, constant use of electricity, use of social media or any sort of accessible electronic use. Even the constant access to meals. We give all that up throughout the week. We sleep outside in our sleeping bags. We make our makeshift houses for the week and we wear our one set of clothes to classes. We still have to do all of our classes and everything,” says the Director of the campaign, Elizabeth Waddle.
The money raised from the campaign will go toward supporting Wood’s Homes and the work they do to help out youth who are experiencing homelessness. The team is hoping to raise $3,000 for this year’s campaign.
Since the campaign is virtual this year there will be raffle prizes. There are also hoodies and toques that can be purchased. For every toque that is purchased the money will be donated to Wood’s Homes.
There is also a steak dinner planned at the Canadian Brewhouse in Lethbridge on March 31 where ticket sales will go toward Wood’s Homes. A bottle drive will also be running through March and if you are interested in donating to the campaign you can give your bottles to Green’s Pop Shop Bottle Depot on the north or west sides and let the attendant know they are for the 5 Days for the Homeless.