Sleep in a Cardboard Box for Charity

September 28, 2019
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While Monmouth County is considered one of the more affluent counties of the Garden State, the issue of family homelessness remains a very real problem here and throughout the area. Beginning on the evening of Saturday, September 28, Family Promise will host its 10th Annual sleep-out fundraising event. CBC X will be held at the agency’s Day Center (501 Malterer Avenue. Oceanport).

The event is designed to raise awareness of this often little-discussed cause — by giving participants the opportunity to experience spending the night living inside a cardboard box.

Family Promise of Monmouth County is the area’s only emergency shelter for families — and will present the event “rain or shine” on the grounds of the old Ft. Monmouth. The 10th annual fundraiser begins at 6 p.m., and offers participants an opportunity to raise a minimum of $200 in pledges and contributions, by sleeping overnight as a resident of Cardboard Box City.

Residents of CBC X will include middle and high school students, faith-based youth groups, 4-H and Scouting groups, as well as congregations of all denominations. Activities for the evening include setting up a residence to withstand weather, a soup and bread line for dinner, guest speakers, live music, and kids activities.

Family Promise will award prizes for participants who raise the most money and present the most creative dwelling (participants must supply their own box; recommended are large appliance cartons which can be obtained from electronics/ appliance or department stores). The event concludes the following morning on Sunday, September 29th with a simple breakfast, followed by the dismantling of the cardboard box city and recycling of the boxes.

In 2018, Cardboard Box City residents raised more than $50,000 (including a $30,000 donation for a new van). “In 2019, Family Promise launched a Youth Advisory Council who will not only help lead our event, but also work on various social justice projects year-round.” Said Jess Stepanski, Monmouth County resident and Family Promise’s Development Chair.

The mission of Family Promise of Monmouth County is to provide food, clothing, shelter and comprehensive services to homeless children & families in Monmouth County in cooperation with a network of interfaith congregations while advocating innovative solutions to end chronic homelessness.

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