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Fraternity Sleeps in Boxes to Collect Food Donations

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Meghan McRoberts

OMAHA (KPTM)

It's a situation no one wants to be in, but members of one Omaha fraternity are putting themselves in for a good reason.

Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at The University of Nebraska in Omaha spent the day Monday building cardboard boxes to sleep in all week.

They set up camp near 72nd and Dodge outside of Crossroads Mall. It's part of the fraternity's 10th annual "Just Can It" food drive that benefits the Salvation Army.

Over the past ten years, the fraternity has helped collect nearly 100,000 food items for the Salvation Army's two food pantries, while learning themselves what it's like for the homeless and hungry.

"Last year it rained. I woke up in a puddle a couple of times," said Pi Kappa Alpha member Tanner Johnson. Johnson helped organize this year's camp out.

"It's pretty cold and uncomfortable. You're laying on the ground trying to put as many blankets under as you can, but you also need some over you so you can stay warm," Johnson continued.

Officials with the Salvation Army say 1 in 5 children in the metro need more food. "I've learned to give a lot more, appreciate what I have, and give more to those that don't have the luxuries I do," said Johnson.

Nearly 20 Omaha area companies helped donate supplies and raise awareness to the fundraiser.

About 20 members of the fraternity and other campus sororities will be sleeping in the boxes until Friday.

To help donate to their cause, you can drop off any non-perishable items at their campsite, or drop off money at the red kettle set up at the site.

You can also text "Omaha" to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.

Additionally, you can drop off items at any Omaha fire station any time of the year.

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