Pub­lic in­vited to Fri­day’s evening por­tion of Kids in a Box ben­e­fit

Ripon Bulletin - - Local/state -

HOPE Fam­ily Shel­ter’s an­nual Kids in a Box aware­ness event and fundraiser is Fri­day, Sept. 15, at Cal­vary Com­mu­nity Church on Lathrop Road be­tween Union Road and Main Street.

It was moved from the grounds of Ray­mus Home in a bid to ex­pand it be­yond those youth that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the overnight por­tion of the event. The pub­lic is in­vited to drop by dur­ing that roughly four hour po­tion of the event.

From 5 p.m. to sun­down the church grounds will have a BBQ, bounce houses, cake­walk, pet­ting zoo, raf­fle prizes, mu­sic, face paint­ing and more. Those at­tend­ing dur­ing those hours will also be able to see the card­board shel­ter that kids stay­ing overnight have fash­ioned. The par­tic­i­pants can be fairly cre­ative with how they dec­o­rate their boxes that they will seek shel­ter in overnight.

Af­ter sun­down, the Kids in Box par­tic­i­pants and the chap­er­ones will see a movie pro­jected on the wall of the church be­fore turn­ing in for the might. The event ends at 8 a.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 16.

Those who want to par­tic­i­pate in the overnight por­tion of the event need to col­lect $50 in pledges and se­cure shel­ter — card­board boxes — that they can dec­o­rate. They will re­ceive a T-shirt in ad­di­tion to a BBQ meal, hot cho­co­late in the evening, and a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast.

In­di­vid­u­als or groups are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. To reg­is­ter call HOPE Fam­ily Shel­ters at 209.665.7640 or 209.824.0658.

Photo con­trib­uted

A par­tic­i­pant in a pre­vi­ous Kids in a Box event fash­ions a shel­ter out of card­board boxes.

KIDS IN BOX

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