CMU student, alums raise awareness at Hammock for Homelessness Day
A settlement of hammocks formed near Brooks Hall yesterday as students hung out at the first annual Hammock for Homelessness Day.
From 1-4 p.m., nearly 70 students took part in the charity event to raise awareness and support the homeless. Hammock for Homelessness Day was created by Central Michigan University alums Christian Cullinan and Georgiana Klem, and senior Connor Moynihan.
The three founded the High Hopes Hammock Company in 2015.
“We are essentially trying to just raise awareness for homelessness through hammocking and also to raise awareness for our company and what we do,” said Moynihan, a Grand Haven native. “We are also collecting donations on our website along with (non-perishable) food and blanket donations.”
The company raised $200 for the Isabella County Restoration House at the event.
Cullinan said High Hopes' mission is to lift people up, both literally and figuratively. The company has a policy of donating a hammock for every hammock sold.
“I believe (this event) is a great opportunity for everyone to unite as a campus and (tackle) an issue that most people can agree is a problem," the Wyandotte native said. “I knew people loved hammocking around campus so I wanted to find a way to get everyone together."
Hartland junior Danielle Germane heard about Hammock for Homelessness Day through Facebook and didn't have "much exposure" to the company's mission.
“This event gives me the chance to come out and hammock for a cause that is far bigger than just hammocking to enjoy being outside,” Germane said. “The cause this company is giving back to is far greater than just sitting in some trees and sulking up the sunshine.”
The High Hopes Hammock Company will accept online donations for the ICRH through the rest of the week. Moynihan said. Hammock prices begin at $51 and can be purchased at highhopeshammock.com.