EDITORIAL: Small sacrifice could be big help to homeless

May. 02, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Can you imagine being without a place to live?

Homelessness is an unfortunate reality we tend to associate with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other large cities. But less populated places, namely Sanford and Lee County, aren’t immune from the problem. 

Just consider that in the 2012-13 school year, Lee County Schools logged 232 students who were homeless at one time or another during the school year — unbelievable.

The majority of us are fortunate enough to own or rent our homes or apartments, but we shouldn’t forget that others worry where they will lay their heads from night to night.

Family Promise is a local program dedicated to helping these individuals transition into a safer, better situation.

As a way of raising funds for Family Promise and bringing attention to the homeless in our community, the organization is holding a Cardboard Box City event starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and continuing throughout the evening at Southern Lee High School.

The event allows people to sleep in a box for one night to experience what homeless people endure. There is a cost for the box, with the funds going toward the Family Promise mission of helping the homeless.

Staying in a box may seem like fun just once, but for those who are homeless, such living conditions are much too real.

The goal is ambitious — to raise $10,000 from this event. That would mean that many caring people have given time and money to contribute to others’ welfare.

Such participation could go a long way toward reducing the plight of the homeless.

Here’s a chance to help an often forgotten segment of our community. Show the homeless you care — and commit to living as they do for one night.