ALLEN (March 16, 2015) – To help homeless families in Collin County, Family Promise of Collin County is hosting the sixth annual Cardboard Box City on April 18–19 at the Lovejoy High School stadium in Lucas from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. This event is designed to raise awareness of the plight of local homeless families and to raise funds by asking teens in grades 6-12 and their families to spend the night in a cardboard box. The funds raised will aid Family Promise of Collin County to continue to help families get back on their feet.
Cardboard Box City participants pledge a minimum of $40 to participate but are encouraged to raise more money through pledges and sponsors. The evening includes food, live entertainment, games, movies, a service project for the homeless and presentations given by former guests of Family Promise. To register for Cardboard Box City complete the online form on the Family Promise website www.familypromiseofcollincounty.org or call 972-442-6966.
“Through its generous interfaith network of volunteers from 24 area congregations, Family Promise helps to keep families together while assisting parents in achieving the financial stability needed to give their children stable homes,” said Family Promise of Collin County Board President, Sonia Duggan. “Last year, Cardboard Box City had over 100 participants and raised nearly $15,000 to help provide shelter, food and case management for the county’s homeless families. This year, we hope to increase participation and pledges with a program of live entertainment and speakers, sponsorships, as well as prizes for the most creative dwelling and most pledges raised.”
Cardboard Box City sponsors include: Custer Road United Methodist Church, Forest Grove Christian Church, Rodenbaugh’s Flooring and Appliance and Stonebridge United Methodist Church. Those interested in tax-deductible sponsorships for the event can download and complete a Sponsorship package and mail to or call:
Family Promise of Collin County
PO Box 1601 Dept CBBC
Allen, TX 75013
About Family Promise of Collin County
Family Promise of Collin County is one of 187 non-profit affiliates in 42 states that partners with 25 local area congregations dedicated to providing homeless children and their families with interim shelter and support services with the goal of transitioning the family into permanent housing. Family Promise provides comprehensive assistance for these families in a manner that offers hope, preserves dignity and promotes self-sufficiency. The organization works with other local social service agencies to help families with childcare, job training and employment placement. In 2013, the Collin County Network congregations and volunteers provided more than 4,800 nights of shelter and 14,000 meals to families in need. For more information about Family Promise of Collin County go to: http://familypromiseofcollincounty.org.
Submitted by Jeff Smith