The Norman Transcript


March 14, 2014

Students endure One Night in a Box




What it would be like to be homeless

To better simulate the experience of what life would be like if they were homeless, participants brought a variety of different items to use for shelter.

These items included one large cardboard box to sleep in or an individual one-man tent; one roll of duct tape to hold their box together; and plastic to wrap their box with or to use as a cover for warmth. Electronics and pillows were not allowed.

This is Woodruff’s second One Night in a Box fundraiser. He believes the event is a good experience to what homeless people go through.

“Mostly you don’t fall asleep until around midnight due to the cold,” Woodruff said. “You fall asleep, but eventually you end up waking up during the middle of the night.”

Participants were asked to skip breakfast and lunch to better simulate the feeling of how most homeless are only able to eat one meal per day, Hooper said.

Hooper’s daughter, Alysa, mixed together black beans, green beans and corn in preparation to serve stone soup to 16 hungry students. This is her ninth year participating in One Night in a Box and her fourth preparing the soup for students.

Stone soup is based on an old children’s folk story. In the story, hungry strangers convince local townspeople to unite to concoct a soup to eat made from a variety of ingredients.

The younger Hooper described the feeling of the soup in her empty stomach as “awesome,” in spite of not being a fan of vegetables.

Donna Hooper said many participants look forward to the annual tradition of stone soup at One Night in a Box.

“Especially a lot of people who haven’t eaten or because of the cold,” she said.

For more information on how to donate financially to One Night in a Box, visit


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