Spreading blue tarps on the grass and patching refrigerator boxes together with duct tape, a group of about 65 young people from area churches prepared to turn in for the night.
They chattered excitedly and giggled while building their city of cardboard, but the evening had a more serious undertone.
Spending their Saturday sleeping outside — without beds, cell phones or even the luxury of a toothbrush — gave them a glimpse at what the homeless endure night after night, often in much harsher conditions.
Each participant raised at least $50 in donations for the Volunteers of America Crossroads homeless shelter.
Read the full story in Sunday's Register.