FHS Homeless Vigil set for Thursday, Dec. 7


The Fayetteville High School Student Council will hold its 26th annual Homeless Vigil on Thursday, Dec. 7.

During the vigil, students sleep in temporary shelters constructed from cardboard to demonstrate and experience what it’s like to be homeless for a night. Students will be set up on the north side of the FHS campus, along Bulldog Blvd.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Families in Transition program, which provides housing, enrollment, transportation, and community resources to student families that may be living in cars, motels, campgrounds, parks, public spaces, emergency or transitional shelters, or other nonpermanent housing.

The annual event has raised over $170,000 in donations since it began in 1997, according to a press release issued this week.

During the vigil from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., students will accept cash and check donations along with non-perishable food items. Students from the Eco Fashion Club will also be on hand operating a pop up store. All proceeds from donations and shirt sales will go toward the Families in Transition program.

Donations will also be accepted online here, or by mail at 994 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72701. Checks should be made out to Fayetteville High School, ATTN: Michelle Fyfe, FHS Student Council.

The student council will also host a fundraiser “Chopped for Charity” on Friday, Dec. 8, where students will volunteer to shave their head during the pop rally if $300 is raised in their name. Paypal donations are being accepted for Chopped for Charity here, and donors can type the name of the participant they’d like to support in the comments.