By Richard Zowie —
For 13 hours last week, Gillespie County gained a new “town” with an estimated population of 30.
Reminiscent of the “Hooverville” towns during the Great Depression, Fredericksburg High School students set up Cardboard City at the school tennis courts.
The event began at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28 and lasted until 7 a.m. the next morning.
Students fashioned cardboard boxes into makeshift shelters.
Cardboard City might not exist anymore, but it gave its residents a glimpse into a homeless person’s life while raising money for the ShelterBox USA project.
FHS Interact Club sponsored the event to raise awareness for those who’ve lost their homes due to natural or financial disasters.
The high school students even slept in the boxes for a few hours to experience a life where a lack of money means no home, no car and no utilities.