Cardboard City in Scottsdale aims to shine light on homelessness

Particpants at last year's Cardboard City event at Scottsdale Stadium in downtown Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Particpants at last year’s Cardboard City event at Scottsdale Stadium in downtown Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Family Promise-Greater Phoenix, a homeless shelter for families, children, and pets, is inviting Arizona residents to participate in Cardboard City, now in its sixth year.

This event, which will be held Oct. 15-16 at Scottsdale Stadium, will be a festival of fun and awareness benefiting homeless families in Maricopa County and their pets, according to a press release.

Cardboard City affords guests the opportunity to build a house and sleep overnight to experience the hardships of homelessness, event organizers explain.

Volunteers assemble the hygiene kits meant to help homeless families with day-to-day toiletry needs. (Submitted photo)

Volunteers assemble the hygiene kits meant to help homeless families with day-to-day toiletry needs. (Submitted photo)

Valley Youth groups who participate will have the chance to express their creativity, learn leadership and event skills by running their booth, give back to their community, and raise awareness and funds for homeless families, many of whom contain their peers, the release states.

Participating schools and groups include Marcos de Niza High School, Pinnacle High School, and Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church.

The event will also include music and dancing, local food truck fare, group games and activities, prizes, and an invention station for guests to create from cardboard. The night culminates with a heartfelt presentation and the creation of 2,000 hygiene kits for the homeless; toiletries bags stuffed with hygiene items, food, and messages of hope by an assembly line of caring supporters.

These kits are distributed post-event to the homeless outside of the shelter system, the release states.

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