POINT PLEASANT — This coming Saturday members of the Point Pleasant High School Youth Leadership Association will be holding a cardboard city event in order to raise awareness about the growing problem of homelessness in Mason County.
Students have been raising funds and collecting canned goods for the emergency food pantry located at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
“We believe that this will increase awareness for such an unspoken epidemic that is plaguing our community. We also feel that the donations that we collect will improve the conditions of those who currently are suffering,” explained Emily Keefer, member of the YLA.
The group is taking up donations of non-perishable items that will directly help solve the issue of hunger and homelessness.
The Cardboard City will be up this Saturday at 7 p.m. until Sunday morning at 7 a.m. in the front field at PPJ/SHS. Individuals are encouraged to donate at the school, or to drop donations off at the event.
Members of YLA have to raise funds in order to participate, and their level of comfort is determined by the funds they raise. At certain levels, they are allowed to have one bottle of water, a pillow, or a blanket. All students will remain outside in makeshift cardboard shelters as a firsthand experience of homelessness.
YLA began in 2014 with only two members. It is now boasting membership in the 60’s, and a strong list of events under their belt. They have participated in Operation Christmas Child, donated over $900 to the Youth Opportunity Camp at Camp Horseshoe, sent Christmas Cards to nursing homes, and various other in-school projects.
Keefer explained the five pillars of their organization: service, leadership,character, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.
“We are striving to promote good character and leadership qualities in the students of PPJ/SHS. We also strive to serve our community and our school in anyway possible” said Keefer.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-46-2342 ext 2108