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UW-Stout students create cardboard city to raise funds for charity


Menomonie (WQOW) - Some University of Wisconsin-Stout students are homeless for a day, for a good cause.

The Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity set up its second annual cardboard city this afternoon. Students will live in cardboard campgrounds for 24-hours. Although last years event didn't quite go as planned, the students are back to raise awareness about homelessness in Dunn County.

"So last year we did it and that was when the may snowstorm hit and we tried to make it all night, we did put a tarp over it, but eventually we had to call it quits. This year we are hoping to make it the full 24 hours rain or shine, no matter what,” Brian Halbach, Alpha Phi Omega president, said.

“We are doing it on campus right across from the dorms to raise awareness because it is so easy for all of us students who go to class every day and walk right back to our dorms to not realize that there are people who don't have a place to sleep at night. "

In addition to living in the cardboard structure, the students will be collecting money for Stepping Stones, an organization that provides food, shelter and support for people in Dunn County.

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