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Cardboard City Brings Attention to Issues of Poverty & Homelessness

Students of the University of Mobile will be raising awareness of homelessness in Mobile on Friday, Feb. 11 by spending the night in a “Cardboard City.” Starting at 9 p.m., participants will bundle up, bring their cardboard boxes and spend a night on the university’s intramural field.

Participants will also serve breakfast to the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 a.m. through two downtown shelters, One Meal and 15 Place. Students will interact with leaders in the fight against homelessness to learn how they can meet the needs of the Mobile community.

Also, the university’s campus ministries is collecting warm clothing this week to deliver to the homeless on Feb. 12.

The “Cardboard City” event is organized in conjunction with an ongoing emphasis about responding to issues of poverty, hunger and social justice from a Christian worldview. “Cardboard City” will immediately follow The Heritage Foundation’s “Seek the Welfare of the City: Finding Effective Responses to Poverty & Human Need" conference held at the University of Mobile Feb. 10 and 11.

Megan Hunter, a coordinator in the UMobile campus ministries office, said the events are intended to encourage students to actively and personally meet the needs of the community.

For more information, call the UMobile Media Relations Office at (251) 442-2215.

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