PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg State University fraternity will be living in a cardboard box on campus for 48 hours right in the heart of campus.  

As part of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity Epsilon Chi Chapter’s mission of public service, philanthropy, and campus involvement the students will be taking shifts living in a cardboard box in the Oval to help raise awareness about local homelessness.

“We think it is important to assist the community,” Matthew Mason, philanthropy chairman said.

They plan to fill their “box” with canned goods, coats and cash which will be split between Wesley House and the campus-based Gorilla Assistance Pantry.

The event, called the Homeless Project was initiated by PSU alum Rodney Kimlin (BBA '11, MBA '12, and MA '14). Mason said it was a way to help homeless people in the local community after the closure of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Family Emergency Shelter in 2014.

“He wanted to do something to help the local people … the other national organizations are great causes but we don’t get to see the difference it makes in the community,” Mason said.

The project began at noon on Monday and will run through noon Wednesday on the Oval. The The Pi Kappa Alpha’s will be selling biscuits and gravy on the Oval for $1 per serving from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. They will also be providing information on homelessness and resources in the community.

Last year, the event raised nearly $500 for Wesley House, Mason said they hope to increase that number this year.

People who cannot make it to the event and wish to take part in the Pi Kappa Alpha’s cause can drop off donations at their fraternity house at 1712 S. Broadway.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.