A group of Fairfield Ludlowe High School students are thinking outside the box with plans to crawl under one.

The result, they hope, will be to raise supplies and cash for the town's homeless shelter.

During the "Under the Box" event, students will sleep on pavement under cardboard boxes in a Ludlowe High parking lot Friday night to replicate conditions experienced by many urban poor.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, they will be accepting donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and cash for Operation Hope, according to Sohail Sumra, one of the organizers.

A drop-off point will be set up at the school driveway's large intersection to accept donations, Sumra said.

Operation Hope operates shelters for men, women and families. Its kitchen last year served about 30,000 meals to needy individuals and families. Its shelters are open 365 days a year and last year served about 150 households, according to its website.