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Editorial: Help the homeless

We haven't even hit double digits in the month of October (today's the 9th), and already there's talk of snow in the forecast. Weather prognosticators are warning us that we should be on the lookout for white stuff overnight tonight and into Saturday. With highs in the mere 30s Saturday along with a chance of ample winds, it doesn't appear to be the best of weekends for spending time outdoors.

Unfortunately, those who are homeless don't necessarily have much of a choice, and that's why the timing of an event Saturday in Fulda has a nice type of irony to it.

The second annual Cardboard Box City will take place that evening in Fulda City Park, with setup from 4 to 8 p.m. and the event continuing until 8 a.m. Sunday. Participants won't be allowed to bring in food or drink; there will also be no pets or electronic devices allowed.

Money raised at the event will go to Western Community Action and Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council for their Emergency Homeless Prevention funds. A soup kitchen will be available throughout the night, and there will even be entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m.

Last year, about 90 people gathered to sleep in cardboard boxes and tents in city parks in Adrian and Brewster. Nichole Paladie, social action coordinator for the Worthington Deanery of Catholic Charities, said at that time: "It's important to care for all our brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope that people will come with not only a new awareness of the homeless problems in our area, but that they will walk out with a new appreciation for everything in their lives."

Those words are sufficient reason to come to Fulda Saturday night, regardless of the temperature.

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