Box City returns to SCV

By Austin Westfall

Last update: Monday, September 26th, 2016

Hundreds constructed their own cardboard homes Saturday afternoon gearing up to spend the night in Valencia Heritage Park as a part of the annual Box City fundraising event.

Laurie Ender, board president of Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, said the event served two purposes: to raise awareness about local homeless families and to raise money for the non-profit organization.

“This is the sixth year that we’ve done this event, it’s really gathering steam,” she said.

Ender anticipates to raise about $75,000 from the event, which about 400 people participated in.

Last year’s Box City raised $50,000 dollars.

A participant snoozes in his box after he and his friends ate the pizza from the boxes stacked on top of his sleeping quarters at the Bowman High School encampment during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley fundraising event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
A participant snoozes in his box after he and his friends ate the pizza from the boxes stacked on top of his sleeping quarters at the Bowman High School encampment during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley fundraising event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

Scarlett Kleinfeld, 11, and mother Lisa tape together their "home" for the night during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Scarlett Kleinfeld, 11, and mother Lisa tape together their “home” for the night during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many chose to decorate their boxes, including John Vedder and his son Jack Vedder, 12, who built a box resembling a space ship.

“It feels good to be supporting homeless families,” Jack said before he and his father planted an American flag next to their space ship.

Valencia resident Glori Stulman was getting ready for her first time spending the night at Box City.

“(It’s interesting) how everybody comes together as a community and is willing to sleep in a box overnight,” she said.

“I don’t know how much sleep I’m gonna get.”

The event also featured bands, activities, entertainment, and free food for participants.

Box city is Family Promise’s biggest fundraising event, Ender said.

Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes, helping them to get back on their feet according to the organization’s website.

Hundreds set up their "homes" for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley,  Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Hundreds set up their “homes” for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Amanda Roberts, 12, left, helps Hayley Berryman, 16,  as she tries on her sleeping bag for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley,  Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Amanda Roberts, 12, left, helps Hayley Berryman, 16, as she tries on her sleeping bag for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Box City returns to SCV

Katie Tarantini, 15, left and Casey Watson snuggle in their "homes" for the night as they chat with friends from the Valencia Smile Club during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Hundreds constructed their own cardboard homes Saturday afternoon gearing up to spend the night in Valencia Heritage Park as a part of the annual Box City fundraising event.

Laurie Ender, board president of Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, said the event served two purposes: to raise awareness about local homeless families and to raise money for the non-profit organization.

“This is the sixth year that we’ve done this event, it’s really gathering steam,” she said.

Ender anticipates to raise about $75,000 from the event, which about 400 people participated in.

Last year’s Box City raised $50,000 dollars.

A participant snoozes in his box after he and his friends ate the pizza from the boxes stacked on top of his sleeping quarters at the Bowman High School encampment during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley fundraising event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
A participant snoozes in his box after he and his friends ate the pizza from the boxes stacked on top of his sleeping quarters at the Bowman High School encampment during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley fundraising event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

Scarlett Kleinfeld, 11, and mother Lisa tape together their "home" for the night during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Scarlett Kleinfeld, 11, and mother Lisa tape together their “home” for the night during the Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families at the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley event which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many chose to decorate their boxes, including John Vedder and his son Jack Vedder, 12, who built a box resembling a space ship.

“It feels good to be supporting homeless families,” Jack said before he and his father planted an American flag next to their space ship.

Valencia resident Glori Stulman was getting ready for her first time spending the night at Box City.

“(It’s interesting) how everybody comes together as a community and is willing to sleep in a box overnight,” she said.

“I don’t know how much sleep I’m gonna get.”

The event also featured bands, activities, entertainment, and free food for participants.

Box city is Family Promise’s biggest fundraising event, Ender said.

Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes, helping them to get back on their feet according to the organization’s website.

Hundreds set up their "homes" for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley,  Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Hundreds set up their “homes” for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Amanda Roberts, 12, left, helps Hayley Berryman, 16,  as she tries on her sleeping bag for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley,  Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Amanda Roberts, 12, left, helps Hayley Berryman, 16, as she tries on her sleeping bag for the night during the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, Box City event to raise awareness about homeless families which was held at Valencia Heritage Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal