Rebekkah Goodman-Williams is an Elon Volunteer Coordinator. She’s trying to get students to walk in the shoes of the homeless.
“What we’re really pushing people to do is challenge themselves,” Goodman-Williams said.
Amanda Maddalone spent a good five minutes building her home for the night.
“We’re almost done, so this is pretty much how it’s going to look,” Maddalone said.
She knows it’s not much, but it’s what the homeless use to get by, and it’s only for one night.
“My bed tonight is basically some cardboard and a sleeping bag, and that’s pretty much it,” she said.
At 7 p.m. students were planning on staying on the Mosely lawn for 12 more hours. The low was 38°F and cardboard is not very good for warmth.
“So it’s definitely going to be tough; it’s definitely going to be cold; we’re going to get tired; it’s not going to be comfortable,” Goodman-Williams said.
“Yeah, I have nice layers on, tall sock. I should be good,” she said.
A handful of students on Friday sacrificed their night for a cause.
“We’re used to looking away when we see someone on the street. We’re used to ignoring the problem,” Goodman-Williams said.
But, on Friday, volunteers hope that the entire student body would see this problem.