This is the perfect overnight weather for the town’s youth to Freeze Out and see what it’s like to be homeless and living in a cardboard box.
The Orange Congregational Church began its annual Habitat for Humanity event on Saturday evening as the snow continued to fall on the shanty town in front of the church.
During the evening, both of the Orange Police Department’s K9s, Loki and Trent and their handlers, Officers Chris Brown and Mary Bernegger paid a visit and provided demonstrations of their special skills — Loki (Tracking) and Trent (drug sniffing) — for the enthusiastic participants.
The teens and their adult chaperones took shifts spending time outside in the cardboard shanty town, while others participated in activities, like the hammering contest.
The event will end Sunday morning and everyone will go home and get some badly needed sleep in the warmth of their own beds, but the memory of being out in the cold will stay with them for a long time.
Each year the youth group dedicates time during the spring/summer building a home for a worthy recipient in the Habitat for Humanity program.