Box City was a boom town this weekend as close to 300 participants in the annual cause chose to be homeless for a night, according to event organizers.
“We had more people this year than any other year,” said event co-chair and Family Promise board member Gary Choppe.
Between 250 and 300 people — most of them youngsters — descended on Valencia’s Bridgeport Park Saturday and built temporary overnight shelters out of cardboard.
“Box City allows all of us to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this valley and understand how we can help those who are encountering difficult times,” said Laurie Ender, president of the Family Promise board of directors. “Many are surprised to find out just how many homeless families there are in the Santa Clarita Valley.”