The Cardboard Campout for the homeless is an all night experience to raise money and awareness for the Homeless. The Boy Scout Troop 54 will be having their Cardboard Campout on Friday, Jan. 10.

The Cardboard Campout works kinda like a charity race in the sense that the Campout's participants will approach their friends, family, people at their church, and businesses to ask them for donations. In exchange, the participants will agree to sleep outside all night on a piece of cardboard.  They do this to help raise awareness about the growing problem of homelessness around the country.

We may think this isn't a big problem here in our area, but homelessness doesn't necessarily always mean sleeping in the street.  It can also mean sleeping in a car, in a hotel, in a friend or relative's house.  It means living anywhere that isn't a permanent home for the family.

The Boy Scout troop 54 is very active in our area and they definitely want to help out here locally.  You can help them by donating canned goods and paper products.  You know what that means: food, paper towels, toilet paper, anything that someone might need to get through the day if they were displaced.  The goods will go to the Community Cafe here in Sedalia.

The Community Cafe strives to improve the food security of the Sedalia and Pettis County communities by providing nutritious meals to combat hunger and malnutrition through community partnerships.

The boys will be out all night in the cold and you can definitely make it worth their while just by picking up an extra can or two while you do your weekly grocery shop.  They'll be out on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart here in Sedalia beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday the 10th, and continuing on until 10:00 a.m. the next morning.  For more information, call Peter at 660-888-3765.

Campingly yours,
Behka