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Record Numbers Participate in College's Cardboard Village

Event Raises Awareness and Funds for Local Homeless Shelter

October 8, 2012

Students used a pirates theme in creating their Cardboard Village abode.

Students used a pirates theme in creating their Cardboard Village abode.

A record 267 students spent part of a Friday night (Sept. 26) living in appliance boxes as Wilmington College held its 10th annual Cardboard Village in an effort to illustrate the plight of the homeless.

Student organizations raised about $1,300 for the Clinton County Homeless Shelter as they built cardboard structures using a nautical/pirates theme. Sailing ships were prevalent as the green space between Kettering Science Hall and Withrow Circle took on the imaginary appearance of a marina.

Judges selected the Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts as having the most creative cardboard home, while Faith in Action and Chi Alpha combined for the most humble abode and DTS fraternity and DTS Lil Sis sorority received the award for best use of theme for their shark.

Students abandoned ship by design at about 5 a.m. and returned to the comforts of their residence halls — unlike most homeless that have few options in their lives.

Fortunately, an option the homeless in Wilmington have is the Clinton County Homeless Shelter.

Director Denise Stryker said 230 persons reside at the shelter, which has served some 45,000 meals and snacks since January. She expressed her appreciation to the College community for its support through Cardboard Village and the student volunteers working at the shelter throughout the year.

“It pulls at my heart that so many students come out on a Friday night and do this,” she said, noting the shelter couldn’t exist without such support from the community.

“Wilmington College is like a family — you can feel it just by walking on campus,” Stryker added. “The students’ energy and enthusiasm are contagious.”

The Center for Service and Civic Engagement sponsored the event.