Each year, Saint Joseph’s Mercy Center participates in a “Midnight Run.” in connection with the Midnight Run Organization out of New York. In 1987, the Midnight Run organization was founded and has since grown into 1,000 relief missions per year. Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools, and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. Before we depart, SJC students make sandwiches and package up meals, sort winter clothing items donated by members of the community, and sort through and assemble packages containing toiletries. Then, Saint Joseph’s students and staff pack up the goods, drive to New York City, distribute the food and toiletries to those in need, and return to campus–all within a 24-hour period. Midnight Run is an exhausting, but thoroughly exhilarating, yearly expedition that helps build a bridge between homeless and sheltered communities by reinforcing the human connection.
Photo caption: Back row, left to right: Michial Russell, Reid Duglinski, Alex Gutierrez, Nhu Vo, Natasha Munzer, MaryClaire Attisano, Billy Preston (our guide), Avery Liotta-Henderson, Rebecca Barulli, Takoda Peasley, Caleb Child
Front Row: Cole Milazzo, Meghan Elmore, Holly Mitchell, Sarah Egan, Valerie Hubbard, Erin O’Brien, Autumn Zubricki, Torran Dooley