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Lowes donates large boxes for Warm Blessings Cardboard Nation event

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Standing beside a refrigerator box at Lowe’s is Linda Funk, executive director of Warm Blessings and Lowe’s employee Karen Fordham. Funk, as has been the case for the past five years, is arranging with Fordham for Lowe’s staff to save larger refrigerator and freezer boxes for the Warm Blessings upcoming 6th Annual Cardboard Nation event. This is the 6th year for the fundraiser and awareness event held at the Fire Training Station on the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College campus each third Friday night in September. The event draws awareness to issues of poverty and homelessness and is a major fundraiser for Warm Blessings. Warm Blessings offers a hot meal weeknights to anyone in need and provides meal delivery to 34 seniors who are shut-in and frail because of age and illness. Other services include use of a washer and dryer by appointment, showers, and van pick-up to the kitchen for those in need, and personal items are regularly distributed, as well as blankets and sleeping bags on request. Participants are asked to get donations to sponsor them sleeping in a box for one evening with just basic necessities. Proceeds support the services Warm Blessings provides. With $75 in sponsors, participants receive an event T-shirt. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and early evening activities include door prizes, music, corn hole and soup and sandwiches prepared by ECTC culinary students. Boxes will be on hand but participants can bring their own. For information or to get sponsor and registration forms, call Linda Funk, 737-2929 or text to 307-2858. If you can’t participate but wish to support the event, donations can be sent to Warm Blessings P.O. Box 2384 Elizabethtown, KY. 42702. Supporters are asked to indicate the donation is for Cardboard Nation. Additional Warm Blessing information can be found on Facebook and at www.warmblessingsinc.com or call 763-9276.