COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - What was supposed to be a unique fraternity community service ended up as a huge philanthropy event that gained a lot of attention from people in Columbus and raised more than double their intended goal.
The Pi Kappa Alpha brothers were trying to raise $2,400 worth of items, but they ended up with goods totaling $5,441.
Organizers say they were surprised by the outpouring of support the event received.
"…I knew we were going to get a lot of cans because we had a lot of support, but never in the million years did I know that all of the Columbus was going to care about this cause," said Pi Kappa Alpha member Branden Printup.
The fraternity slept on cardboard boxes at the Columbus State University's clock tower to raise awareness on homelessness.
The group collected canned goods, dried food, clothing and toiletries.
All proceeds will be donated to the Open Door Community House, an organization that supports the homeless.
If you would like donate or find out more information about the organization, visit their website at the link above and click on the Volunteer and Donate tab.