CAPE MAY COUNTY – Anyone planning to participate in the Cardboard Box City homelessness awareness program is asked to register online as soon as possible. With only 150 sites available for the April 28 event, organizers are looking to figure out how many slots remain open.

Family Promise director Laurie Johnson said the goal of raising $125 per entry can be done over the month of April, but Family Promise needs participants to register now.

Anyone can participate, Johnson said, including individuals, families, groups, or businesses. They just need to create and decorate their own "home," made from cardboard boxes, and raise "rent" to spend the night in their box April 28 at the Lighthouse Church, 1248 Route 9 South, Cape May Court House, where they experience a night of homelessness by braving the elements, despite rain or cold.

Although the goal is raising $125 for rent, even if you only raise half of that you can still participate, Johnson said. More than anything, the objective is to raise awareness through the media and those that drive by that evening.

See http://www.familypromisecmc.org and look under event to register. You will also find photos of other Cardboard Box City events.

If you have a business you can sponsor an 18-by-24-inch sign that will surround the Cardboard Box City for $150, enough to sponsor one youth, and up to $1,500, which will sponsor 10 youths.

For more information call Laurie at 609-846-7862, ext. 9.