Group of Western New Yorkers Brave Cold Weather to Sleep in Cardboard Boxes

April 20, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

April 20, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) A group of close to 20 Western New Yorkers braved the cold temperatures and slept in cardboard boxes in order to raise awareness about homelessness at Medaille College on Saturday night.

"It gives you the feel of what it is like to be homeless," said Delian Kolaso. "To at least go through that experience."

More than 1,000 people are forced to sleep on the streets of Buffalo and Erie County every night.

Therefore, in order to raise money and spread the word about the homeless, the Family Promise of Western New York along with a local youth group set up Cardboard Box City.

"This is a really good opportunity because it is cold and it gives everyone a taste of what the homeless families do in the winter," said Sandy Sietz, Board President, Family Promise of Western New York.

In order to keep warm, those participating made sure they had extra blankets and wore layers of warm clothing.

Many participating said they took home very valuable lessons from the experience.

"These are the types of things that make you understand and not take things for granted," said Kolaso.