Iron Range Youth in Action (IRYA) students raised nearly $2000, which was be divided among two local charities. 28 students spent the night outdoors with only a cardboard box for shelter. Each student collected pledges in order to participate. The event was held in connection with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Students set up their makeshift cardboard box city near the Biwabik Park Pavilion. The evening included education and discussion about homelessness; building awareness and dispelling myths about people who are homeless. Students also made polar fleece blankets, which will be donated.
Organizations benefiting from the students' work include the United Way's Buddy Backpack program; Project Elf and the Aurora Food Shelf.