MSU fraternity raising awareness about homelessness

WICHITA FALLS, TX - The men of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Midwestern State University didn't let a drizzly Saturday morning keep them from their goal to help fight homelessness in Wichita Falls.

"We do our best," said President, Taylor Thornton.  "It's a lot colder out here than we are used to.  We're all warm in our beds usually."

The Kappa Sigma 'Box-A-Thon' started 30 years ago as a fundraiser for Faith Mission of Wichita falls.

For 3 days, the fraternity stands at the intersection of Taft Boulevard and Hampstead Lane holding buckets and signs.

When the sun goes down, they sleep in boxes for the night.

In 2016 the fraternity raised over $2,000 for Faith Mission.

"We ask for pocket change and these guys are giving us some people are giving us $20 bills," said Thornton.  "It just goes a lot to see how much people care."

Dylan Huff is doing the 'Box-A-Thon' for the second year.

"It's different," said Huff.  "Homeless people can't go down to 'Whataburger' when they get hungry to go get something to eat.  When all of this is done, we're going to go home and shower and go back to the dorms and start studying again.  Homeless people never know when their time in boxes is going to end."

Kappa Sigma is using the weekend to raise money to fight all homelessness in Wichita Falls, but also wants to spread their mission of supporting veterans, by bringing light to the homeless veterans population.

Huff wants this to be more than a fundraiser.

"Every year it brings more and more awareness to how many homeless people are actually in Wichita Falls," said Huff.

If you want to donate to help the fraternity's mission, they can be found on the corner of Taft Blvd. and Hampstead Ln. until 1 p.m. November 12.

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