NORMAN — Members of student organizations will stay in makeshift houses on the South Oval for 23 hours, beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, while collecting donations to benefit Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity.
The annual fundraiser organized by OU students is called Shack-a-thon. The public is invited to check out the event’s lively atmosphere, creative makeshift houses and charitable spirit — and to make a donation at the shacks of their choice.
“Last year, Shack-a-Thon raised $6,300 in just that one night,” said Tracy Curtis, operations director at Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity. “We’re anxious to see how much is raised this year.”
Curtis said more than 4,300 families in Norman and Moore qualify for Habitat homes. Qualifying families must have to have a steady, monthly income that falls within the minimum and maximum limits, have good credit and sustain a savings account over a specified period of time.
“We’re not trying to fill a pantry, we’re trying to build a home,” Curtis said. “It takes about $70,000 to build one house, and that’s the biggest struggle for us,” Curtis said.
Advertising junior Lily Thompson said Shack-a-thon also proves to be a fun bonding experience for students.
“There’s only a few times out of the year when the entire student body comes together for a good cause,” she said. “It’s a great way to get to know new people.”