A Wasilla homeless shelter is getting ready for its annual Cardboard City fundraiser on Friday, where participants sleep overnight in boxes to raise money and bring awareness to homelessness.


In the past, all the donations collected were enough to keep the nonprofit Family Promise Mat-Su running smoothing.


But this year executive director Lauri Kari say the family shelter is facing a $40,000 drop in funding and she’s worried.


Family Promise Mat-Su didn’t receive two grants it normally gets. The organization also will also miss out on thousands of dollars in state funding.


Kari hopes more people than ever will pledge donations at this year’s event to help fill the gap.


“We want to quadruple the number and quadruple the funding that comes in. That’s our goal,” Kari said. “We try to make it a special time for folks and families to come together.”


This year’s Cardboard City event is Friday, July 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at the Green Gate at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer.


The entry fee is $50, which includes cardboard, two meals, and a T-shirt.


Learn more about the event and how you can get involved by visiting Family Promise Mat-Su’s website.


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