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A night in a shelter

April 23, 2014
Sarah Stuebing

Sarah Stuebing

From hurricanes to earthquakes to mud slides to floods to tornadoes to wildfires, one of the media images in the wake of a weather tragedy seems common to every disaster: rows of cots and sleeping bags in high school gymnasiums or other community centers where displaced families have taken shelter.

Expressions of heartbreak and fear reveal little to the cameras. Have they lost everything? Have all of their family and friends survived? Can they even answer these questions yet?

Sarah Stuebing, NIU’s Lincoln Laureate, is giving fellow students a chance to experience just some of those feelings.

Working with Mortar Board, Alpha Phi Omega and Lambda Sigma, Stuebing has organized an “overnight sleep-out” in the Chick Evans Field House.

NIU’s first-ever Lincoln Laureate service project begins at 10 p.m. Friday, April 25. Participants are asked to donate $5 at the door, but any contribution is appreciated.

“For my service project, I decided to create a fundraising opportunity for Shelter Box, a disaster relief organization,” Stuebing said. “They help people throughout the world by providing them with custom-made tents, blankets, toys for the children, water filtration systems that provide the victims with clean water for up to two years and much more.”

Once inside the field house, students will spend the night while they enjoy low-key activities and the company of friends old and new.

For more information, call (815) 501-1015 or email [email protected].