“I thought we could do this too and bring awareness about the homeless in Savannah. As a Greek organization on campus, we want to give back to the community and we want to benefit one of the local charities in Savannah.”
PIKES Sleep Out to Help Homeless
Twelve Pi Kappa Alpha brothers held “48 Hours Homeless” on campus to raise awareness among students about Savannah's homeless population and collect donations that benefited Old Savannah City Mission, a local rescue charity.
From noon Friday through noon Sunday during the last weekend in February, the 12 PIKE brothers spread around the campus armed with little more than please-help cardboard placards and old newspapers for warmth. Dressed in t-shirts and shorts, they made temporary homesteads out of three benches located at the entrance to the Lane Library, the Windward Commons residence hall and the Student Union. They spent the nights huddled together as a group outside of the Student Union.
“I got the idea from my church in Brunswick,” said Pi Kappa Alpha member Zach Harper. “I thought we could do this too and bring awareness about the homeless in Savannah. As a Greek organization on campus, we want to give back to the community and we want to benefit one of the local charities in Savannah.”
The students worked with various campus groups, including the Armstrong Police Department, as they planned the event. The experience taught Harper a thing or two about what the less fortunate face on a daily basis.
“Being homeless is zero fun,” he said. “Trying to get some sleep was the roughest part.”
Glenn Paddock, a case manager for Old Savannah City Mission, was thrilled about what the PIKES on campus were doing. According to him, it is estimated that there are more than 5,000 homeless people in Savannah, many of them women and children.
During the event, the PIKE brothers collected 724 cans of food and 531 articles of clothing from Armstrong students to benefit Old Savannah City Mission.
"Hopefully we have learned to be a little humble and to be thankful for what we have,” said Trey Purvis, also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.
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Voice recordings by Marvin Heery posted on Evoca.com