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Local fraternity members live homeless to raise awareness and donations


If you drove down Broadway in Quincy on Saturday you might see young adults living in boxes, but they aren't really homeless.

For 28 straight hours this weekend, dozens of Delta Upsilon fraternity members at Culver Stockton College will live like they are homeless.

Organizer Tyler Hast said it's going to be a challenge.

"It's going to be so cold," said Hast.  

But Hast said they are trying to get people's attention about the issue of homelessness by living in those boxes outside of the HyVee on Broadway.

"It hits a lot more than I even realized. The scope of homelessness is huge in this area," said Hast.

Hast said he also hopes the group will gain some perspective out of the event.

"It's going to really give us some insight into what people really go through at night," said Hast.

The students are hoping to get money and food donations by people passing by that they will donate to the Madonna House in Quincy, and Hast said it works.

"People have even pulled over on Broadway," said Hast.

Hast said one woman even handed the fraternity $100 in cash.

Chapter president Ryan DeGraw said the group will keep their mind off of how cold they are by reflecting on the good they are doing.

"We spend a lot of time thinking about what all the money, food and clothes is going towards and just kind of remind ourselves hey yeah it's fun. We're all here. We're all brothers. We're spending time with each other, but there are people for whom we are doing it that don't have that benefit," said DeGraw.


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