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Frat brothers out of house, sleep outside

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Members of Armstrong Atlantic State University's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity are outside hungry and cold. It's all in an effort to raise awareness about the homeless in Savannah.

For the next two days, 12 members of the fraternity will live as if they're homeless as part of their "48 Hours Homeless" project.

"I actually got the idea from my church, who slept in boxes for a whole weekend. So it's just something they did and I was like we can do this too," said Pi Kappa Alpha member Zach Harper.

The fraternity brothers are spread all across the campus, outside the student union, the library and the Winward Commons, collecting items from fellow students that will be donated to the Old Savannah City Mission.

"One of the young men just has a little shirt draped in the front of him and he's cold right now. He needs a blanket. And if the student sees their friend out here who needs a blanket, maybe the next time they see a homeless person on the street they'll maybe give them a shirt to put on, a blanket, or some shoes," said Armstrong junior Danielle McFadden.

But in addition to raising awareness to the homeless situation, the Pi Kappa Alpha members hope everyone will learn the importance of volunteering and being grateful.

"I got involved in volunteering after I got a ticket for speeding. I had to do community service at an animal shelter. After I did it that one time, I gained interest in it and I started going back," said Pi Kappa Alpha member Garrett Austin.

"Hopefully we'll learn to be a little humble. We all come from a background that's better off than from what we're acting right now. It'll show us to be humble and to be thankful for what we have," said Trey Purvis, also a member of Armstrong's Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Glenn Paddock, a case manager for Old Savannah City Mission, is thrilled about what the young men are doing. About two years ago, Paddock says there were more than 5,000 homeless people in Savannah, many of them women and children.

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