PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – Sister station 100.7 Star, known them for playing the latest hits but, they also have a huge roll in helping those in need in the Pittsburgh area.
Flick, half of the Flick and Kelly show on Star, for the second year in a row now is the “Man In a Box.”
Last year Flick decided he wanted to help raise awareness and money for the Salvation Army of Allegheny County, so for three days he will essentially be homeless. At 6 a.m. Wednesday he went into the box, located between PPG buildings 2 and 3, and stayed there until 7 p.m.
“At that point I went to one of the Salvation Army’s many shelters around the city I stayed there and I came back here at 6 a.m. this morning and will repeat that until it ends Friday night at 7 p.m.,” Flick explained.
The box is extremely small and made out of plexiglass and wood. Flick can only eat and drink what the Salvation Army is able to provide the homeless in the city and he has to stay in his confined area. Trying their best to simulate what it is like to be homeless, Flick hopes to bring awareness that this is an issue that could hit anyone at anytime. Some people could be just a paycheck away from ending up on the streets and organizations like the Salvation Army help those individuals.
Flick got a first-hand experience of their work which sparked his inspiration for Man In A Box.
“They took me under the Liberty Bridge, we went down there feeding some folks and there was this woman sitting there, she was very nice. We had these like breakfast, looked like corn dogs or sausages wrapped in pancake batter and I handed her one she ate it, she looked up at me excuse me sir do you have another one of those please, and I said, ‘absolutely here ya go,'” Flick said. “That moment for whatever reason stuck with me for about two weeks and I couldn’t figure out why until it finally hit me that I think we all have a preconceived notion that people who are living out on the streets are there for a reason like they are supposed to be there, like they are a different type of people, when in reality we know it’s not true.”
The Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania provides services to the homeless such as clothing, food or even rent assistance to help people get back on their feet. They also provide emergency disaster services, youth programs and toy drives like Treasures For Children.
Last year they started with a goal to raise $10,000, Flick says they beat that after a day and a half.
“This amazing city of ours collected about $18,000. This year we have set the goal at $20,000,” Flick said.
He says he has faith in Pittsburgh that they can reach this goal. Donations are being accepted on location with Flick or you can donate online here.
You can listen to the whole interview with Flick below:
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