Habitat for Humanity Shack-a-thon takes over Bradley's quad

By WEEK Producer

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 7:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Wednesday afternoon students at Bradley University moved into cardboard houses.

The annual Habitat for Humanity Shack-a-thon turns Olin quad into a shanty town.

Students spend 24 hours in homemade cardboard structures to spread awareness of homelessness and the importance of Habitat for Humanity.

"We really hope that they understand what it means to be homeless; how it feels, how it affects you emotionally, physically, mentally,” said Sarah Kantor, co-fundraising chair for Bradley University Habitat for Humanity. “They're supposed to stay in their shacks overnight so they really understand the affect it has on people when they don't have a home to go into."

The organization raised more than $600 dollars to help Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday alone.