Raising Money the Hard Way

By: Greg Whitmer
By: Greg Whitmer

It may not be a traditional way to raise money for charity, but that didn't stop some local students from doing it anyway. The seven teenagers called some cardboard boxes home for a 24-hour stretch this weekend. They set up the boxes outside Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

Their stay began Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and lasted thru Sunday morning. It was all for a good cause. The group wanted to raise money for Habitat for Humanity as well as earn community service hours toward their confirmation.

They were also hoping to raise awareness of a problem they now have a better understanding for.

"You got to realize how a homeless person has to live and what they'd be doing," says Jarrod Barton, a Lincoln High School student.

Tamme Bielmeier and Joan Barton joined the kids for the overnight stay and they say it's something that will make a lasting impression on all of them.

"They learned a lot from it. I think they can appreciate what they have now," she says.

Everyone in the group belongs to either the St. Lawrence or St. Phillips Church's in Rapids. Their goal was to raise $1,000 for Habitat.


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