Teen spends spring break in tiny box to raise awareness

Posted at 6:40 PM, Mar 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-30 18:40:56-04

DENVER, Colo. (PIX11) – Spring break is anything but fun in the sun for one Colorado high school senior.

Derek Mckee is using his week off from school to raise awareness about homeless kids in his home state. Mckee has been living in a 8 foot by 8 foot plexiglass and plywood box for almost a week, only leaving to use the bathroom.

The box has been placed in the middle of the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.

McKee says he’s planning on staying in the box until he’s collected enough cans of food to line the walls of his box. He estimates that will take about 5,000 cans

“I’m staying in this box until there are so many cans that you can’t see me,” McKee said. “I’m making myself disappear, like childhood hunger will disappear.

So far McKee has collected 200 food items.

Approximately 1,500 children live on the streets of Denver.