This past summer, I had the good fortune of seeing the movie "The Human Experience." The movie chronicles a number of young guys who are searching for the truth and what it means to be a human. During one part of the movie, the guys spend a week living on the streets of New York City to experience what it means to be homeless.
I showed the movie at our sophomore retreat and as I was re-watching it at home with my wife, she suggested we do something similar. I figured why not! So I proposed to the sophomores that we sleep on the front lawn of the school some night to raise money and awareness of homelessness. They were all enthusiastic about it and so far over 130 of our students have signed up!
We are going to have the Cardboard City event this Saturday night. The kids will be setting up their homes for the night anytime after 6pm. At 8pm we are going to watch "The Pursuit of Happyness" (sic) in the gym and then head back outside for the night around 10pm. At 6am the next morning, Father Richard Dion of Saint Anthony's Parish is going to say Mass for us after which we will have a light breakfast.
Each student was asked to raise at least $25 to benefit Families in Transition and New Horizons, two major charities in Manchester. It should be a powerful, yet simple, way to help raise some money for some wonderful organizations in Manchester.