Mustang Heroes, an SMU organization dedicated to creating sustainable and engaging volunteer opportunities for students, recently hosted “Sleep in a Box” – an event to raise awareness of homelessness in the Dallas community.
The Sept. 22, 2012 event raised approximately $2,000 through donations from students who paid to participate in the event. The funds were donated to Vogel Alcove, a childcare center for the homeless.
Students painted their own boxes for a decorating competition and watched a screening of “The Pursuit of Happyness,” a biographical drama of American businessman Chris Gardner’s struggle with homelessness.
Daniel Poku, co-founder of Mustang Heroes, was the featured speaker and discussed viewing the homeless in a personal way. Participating SMU organizations included New Century Scholars, Alternative Breaks and Tri Delta.
Mustang Heroes president and co-founder Carissa Grisham said that she hopes the event “broke some stereotypes and underlined the importance of volunteerism, activism and philanthropy to my peers.”
“The event was a fun and interactive way for SMU students to broaden their horizons and become more aware about the issues affecting Dallas, especially the issue of homelessness,” said Kim Janice, a Mustang Heroes member and event participant.