CHAMPAIGN — The box dwellers ran short, but donations to C-U at Home's chilly fund-raiser One Winter Night made up for that.
Despite the fact that the organization had hoped to attract more than 300 people to sleep outside in boxes in downtown Champaign and on the University of Illinois Quad to help raise money for its mission of housing Champaign-Urbana's most vulnerable homeless folks, a smaller number of box dwellers managed to raise enough pledges to exceed the goal at just over $50,000, according to its leader Melany Jackson.
Jackson said more than 75 people spent the night outside for the fund-raiser. Campus box dwellers have been asked to raise $50 apiece in pledges, and downtown box dwellers were asked to raise more at $1,500 apiece. Money was also raised through other donations.
This year's event raised nearly double the money raised last year's One Winter Night in downtown Champaign, about $26,700.
The deadline to support box dwellers with donations for this year's One Winter Night is Friday, according to C-U at Home.
Money raised is being used to pay for housing and other costs of people the organization has relocated from the street to rental homes, Jackson said.
The deadline to donate by supporting individual box dwellers is Friday. More information is available on the organization's website at http://www.cuathome.us .
Jackson said C-U at Home plans to bring back One Winter Night for another year year Feb. 7, 2014.