On Thursday, April 21st, students and employees from Molloy College spent the night in a cardboard box to raise money for Bethany House. Bethany House provides shelter for women and children in Nassau County and Aimee Koonmen is the Executive Director.
This is the information given by Sister Diane Capuano after the Boxtown event:
“No one person can do everything, but we can all do something” (Warren St. John)
I believe this expresses what took place on Thursday, April 21st from 7:00pm until 6:30am Friday morning! It was a beautiful night outside (for a change) as well as inside (our hearts and our boxes!) The Campus Green at Molloy College was transformed into “Boxtown” and for a few short hours over 100 participants experienced what many of our brothers and sisters experience each day! Thank you, Sisters, Associates and Young Adults for your generosity in prayer, donations and delicious cookies! So far, we have raised over $8,800 for Bethany House!
As always, the most compelling part of the experience was the time spent with the women and children from Bethany House. Although our night does not truly reflect the tragedy of homelessness, it does at least raise our consciousness to what is happening right on Long Island! We learned from a special report on Channel 12 news with Aimee and the women from Bethany House that in 2015, 4,000 people in Nassau County were either living in shelters, emergency housing or on the streets! It is hard to comprehend this staggering reality right here on Long Island!
Of course, I held all of you in my heart and in my box on this night!
With love and deep gratitude,
S. Diane Capuano, OP