The third annual “Sleep In A Box” event was held by Louisiana State University (LSU) student on March 27 & 28, 2010. The mission of “Sleep In A Box” is to raise money and awareness for homeless children and youth. During the event, students construct their individual cardboard “homes” where they spend the night to gain a very basic, firsthand understanding of the homeless experience.
As part of the “Sleep In A Box at LSU” event, the LSU students set a goal of breaking the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest cardboard box. The “house” had to be constructed in less than 12 hours and measure 46 x 20 x 9 feet in size.
Nordson Adhesives Division got involved with the project when Nicholas Totaro, “Sleep In A Box at LSU” president, contacted Julio Cruz, Nordson Adhesives area manager. Nicholas was trying to learn about what adhesives and dispense methods would best support construction of the world’s largest cardboard box.
Once an appropriate hot melt adhesive was identified and donated by an adhesives supplier, Julio worked with Cheryl Sobeck, Nordson national demo inventory supervisor, to arrange the loan of two Mini Squirt® applicators. Adrian Gonzales, Nordson customer service engineer, met with the LSU students to teach them proper operating and safety techniques for the hot melt applicator, and then the build was on.
Construction began March 27 with 60 individuals helping construct walls, floors, support “beams” and the roof. Unfortunately, the humidity and dew of a Southern spring morning were too much for the structure and the roof just couldn’t overcome the dampness. But the participants all enjoyed the attempt and the event raised more than $3000 for the Lataro Foundation.