SMITHVILLE — On Friday, Nov. 15, Smithville Boy Scout Troop 412 camped outside First Christian Church, 201 N. Bridge St., to bring awareness to homelessness. The troop also collected nonperishable food items for the church’s weekly food pantry.

“We’ve collected a good amount of cans,” Boy Scout Jackson Sharpe, 14, said.

To simulate sleeping conditions homeless people may experience, Sharpe said scouts used cardboard boxes, duct tape and blankets to create sleeping quarters. Some also utilized tarps over their boxes to guard against possible rain.

“There is no badge for this,” Sharpe added. “We just want to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness.”

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