DAYTONA BEACH – More than 100 students from Father Lopez Catholic High School braved 50-degree temperatures Feb. 3-4 to raise donations and more than $5,000 for the Volusia/Flagler Coalition for the Homeless, during the school’s annual Homeless Lock Out.
Students spent the night in cardboard boxes on the school’s campus, and they were allowed only to wear jeans, t-shirts and shoes. The evening gave them a sense of what it is like to live without a home. It also gave students an increased awareness about the problem of homelessness, and what they could do to encourage compassion and care for the homeless.
Students raised a total of $5,257, which was used to purchase sweatshirts, sleeping bags and blankets. There were also 30 sweatshirts, 28 blankets and 23 sleeping bags donated to those without homes.
“It was very exciting to see so many students participate in this yearly event and raise so much money for our brothers and sisters who are homeless,” said Marie Gallo-Lethco, a theology teacher who oversaw the program. “This event creates awareness for our students who are blessed with abundance in their lives. In a small way, the discomfort they experience helps them realize how fortunate they really are.”