If you are heading out to the Clinton High School football game tonight, stash a can or two of food in your purse or sweatshirt.
Throughout the game tonight you may notice a group of high school students roaming the high school grounds and stands collecting canned food donations. The high school's Interact Club is doing an annual fundraising event aimed to help the students better understand the life of a homeless person. Sponsor of the Interact Club through the Clinton Auxiliary, Rob DeLeon explains the event, Box City, takes anything the students bring, including blankets, sweatshirts, etc and at the end of the event, gets donated to local thrift stores and food banks around the community.
After the game, the students then will stay the night on the grounds of the high school, and DeLeon explains he provides them with boxes, duct tape, and plastic wrap, and together they have to put together shelter using those three items. He adds it quickly becomes apparent to them they have to work together to build something.
Interact Club members will also be collecting any monetary donation football game attendees may have as well. DeLeon says the money they raised last year went to Community Action with purchased food. He says this year they'd like to add another program to their donation, to do that though, they will need to increase what they raise.
Again the event is Box City is this Friday. DeLeon says anything the students bring out, gets donated. He hopes to receive great community support for the event this year.
Box City will also include some fire wood for a burn barrel to keep the students warm through what is expected to be a chilly night.