BOX CITY is an event put on by Student Ministries United to put the spotlight on homeless and hurting families in the community while raising funds for Faith in Action. Forty students took part at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Big Lake. (Submitted photos).

Cardboard box city April 26

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The  empty field south of Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church on Lake Street North was turned into a cardboard box city  April 26. 
The event was put on by Student Ministries United to put the spotlight on homeless and hurting families in the community while raising funds for Faith in Action.
Forty students from four local churches constructed box homes and planned to sleep in them overnight. The wind began to blow away the box homes in the late afternoon. Students quickly scrambled to reconstruct and anchor their homes, said Saron Lutheran Church Youth Pastor Curtis Rieck. 
Later that evening, torrential rain poured down, which sent all but four box dwellers to seek shelter in the nearby church basement.  
A hot breakfast served by the Knights of Columbus Sunday morning led to discussions of, “What if we had nowhere like the church to seek shelter, and no warm breakfast to wake up to in the morning?” 
“It was perhaps the worst possible evening to hold this event, yet it was also the best possible day to discover the plight of area homeless families,” said Pastor Rieck.
The event raised $1,000, which was donated to assist families in the area who are struggling, Rieck said.

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