Shack City brings awareness to homeless plight

Staff Report

MOUNT GILEAD — The plight of America’s homeless population is an issue many don’t think about.

The United Way of Morrow County presents Shack City from 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 to 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

This is designed to raise awareness of what it feels like to be homeless, hungry and lonely, often with no place to sleep. One of every 50 American children — 1.5 million total — experiences homelessness each year.

Residents can help build Shack City on the square as students, youth groups and adults are invited to use cardboard boxes and tape to build their homes for one evening.

Speakers will share their experiences with homelessness, addiction and life on the streets.

Supplies will be provided. Hotdogs, snacks and drinks also will be available. Check in at the Morrow County Community Center.

RSVPs are required to insure there are enough supplies. For information or to help call Jodi Hayes at United Way of Morrow County at 419-946-2053 or email at

The event will be held regardless of weather.

Staff Report