Cardboard boxes will be set up at the fire training station off College Street Road next to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this weekend as participants are given the opportunity to experience what life might be like without a place to call home.
Cardboard Nation is an annual fundraiser by Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen. The event is in its 12th year.
Executive Director Linda Funk said the event is meant to “draw awareness to issues of poverty and homelessness.”
Participants collect sponsors and spend the night in a cardboard box. A soup line and meal is offered and music is provided. Cornhole and some other games also are offered.
Funk said in the past they’ve had anywhere from 65 to 138 participants.
This year’s event is set for 7 p.m. Friday. So far, Funk said the weather forecast for Friday is looking good.
Money raised through the program go toward supporting services provided by Warm Blessings, such as its meal delivery service to shut-in seniors and its day shelter, which begins in December. Some of the money raised also helps Warm Blessings’ Ride to Independence program, which temporarily assists those in need with transportation costs.
“We are more than just a soup kitchen,” she said.
Funk said the poverty rate in Hardin County is more than 12 percent, “which leaves thousands of people living marginally everyday.” She said may times poverty is overlooked within the community.
Sponsorship forms for Cardboard Nation are available on the Warm Blessings website at warmblessingsinc.com, under the Events section.
“It’s not too late to register and support the effort,” she said, noting she appreciates the continued support of the community throughout the years.
Cardboard Nation typically raises between $12,000 and $16,000 each year.
For more information, call Funk at 270-307-2858.