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Homeless for a Night: Chelmsford students show solidarity with those on the streets

They also collected $3,500 in donations to feed and clothe the less fortunate

Students with École secondaire catholique Champlain in Chelmsford collected $3,500 and some non-perishable food items for the less fortunate during their annual Homeless for a Night event Oct. 9.

With only cardboard boxes and tarps as shelter, the 110 students experienced the reality of being homeless as they spearheaded a collection of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. 

The donations will be used to will to purchase winter clothing for the less fortunate in our community as well as items for the Sudbury Infant Food Bank and the Chelmsford Food Bank.

This activity started at 4 p.m. in the Place Bonaventure Mall parking lot. Once their evening shelters were completed, students prepared signs to wave on the sidewalk to raise awareness on the issue of poverty. 

After a meal, students spoke with community members, sang songs and took part in leadership activities. At 11 p.m., students settled in their boxes for the night. 

“Our awareness activity was very successful,” said said Carol Bradley-Whissell, a teacher at ÉSC Champlain.

“Champlain students were able to change the world by becoming homeless for a night. I am very proud of my students’ Catholic leadership through this valuable experience that will enable them to become better citizens.”