By RICHARD F. BELISLE
MONT ALTO, Pa. - A small group of Penn State Mont Alto students planned to brave Friday night's cold, rainy weather and sleep in shelters made from cardboard boxes to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in Franklin County, Pa.
The students also are collecting pledges of money for every hour they stay outside. It will be given to local nonprofit agencies that help homeless people, said the Rev. Frank Kocek, Protestant chaplain on the campus and leader of the cardboard city sleep-out.
"We've collected several hundred dollars in pledges," Kocek said Friday.
The students also collected food donations.
Kocek, 52, who lives in Mont Alto, said 18 students have pledged to spend some or all of the night outside in cardboard crates on the school's athletic field across from the main campus.