Autumn arrives on the day we have our first Midnight Run of the season. What began as an uninformed but sincerely well-meaning group of high school kids with their teacher, has turned into a legitimate not-for-profit whose reputation precedes itself, after almost twenty six years of working with the homeless and the hungry poor.
Almost twenty six years.
Well, there’s more. Much more. Part of that journey has been our annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless which was a natural progression from our monthly homeless outreach runs. Why NOT gather everyone together, for a warm holiday meal, an evening of joy, of love, of family? Why not? And this, too, grew as the years passed to include men, women and children not just from Manhattan but from all five boroughs, as well as our own Westchester County. At last year’s dinner, where we happily returned to Hastings High School our original home, we served 648 folks and provided enough dinner for seconds with even more leftovers to take home, wherever home happens to be.
And so, as Autumn approaches and the nights cool down, we gladly watch the leaves change colors, as we roll up our sleeves to prepare for what will be our 24th annual gathering of the homed and the homeless. Toasting another year together, we will stand, often many hundreds strong, and share a few moments of spirit and of grace as the tireless student and community volunteers serve our guests.
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With my deepest thanks, from all of us here to all of you there,