The Fayetteville High School Student Council will hold its 26th annual Homeless Vigil on Thursday, December 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the north side of the FHS campus along Bulldog Blvd between Phases 2 and 3. The students will stay in temporary shelters overnight to demonstrate and experience what some families in our district face every day.
The students will be accepting monetary donations (cash and check) and non-perishable food items from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will also be a pop-up store in cooperation with the Eco Fashion Club that will begin at 3:30 p.m. 100% of the proceeds go to the Families in Transition program.
The annual Homeless Vigil has helped raise awareness and nearly $171,000 in donations to help reduce homelessness in our school district. All donations are given to Fayetteville Public School’s Families in Transition program, which aids students and families in our district who qualify through the McKinney Vento Homelessness Assistance Act. Families in Transition provides housing, enrollment, transportation, and community resources to these student families that may be living in cars, motels, campgrounds, parks, public spaces, emergency or transitional shelters, or other nonpermanent housing.
Donations to the vigil can be made online at this link. Donation checks can also be mailed to Fayetteville High School, ATTN: Michelle Fyfe, FHS Student Council. The mailing address is 994 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72701.
The Student Council will also have a fundraising event, “Chopped for Charity”, on Friday, December 8 where students have volunteered to shave their heads during the pep rally if $300 or more is raised in their name. To donate to a student’s total by check, write their name and “Chopped for Charity” in the memo line and mail it to Fayetteville High School at the address above. For PayPal donations, donate here and type “Chopped for Charity” and their name in the comments.