So ten of us went on the Midnight Run on Friday, September 19th. Three men, three teenage girls, four women. Eight in the van, two in my car – my car had the food, the van had the coffee, clothing, blankets and toiletries. We got into NYC to our first stop around 10 PM and hit our last stop around 1 AM. By then we had distributed around 100 lunch bags of food, 30 toiletry kits and a van full of underwear, socks, jackets, pants, shirts and blankets. My car was nearly empty by the fourth stop; we ran out of toiletries at the third stop.
I am truly blessed to be part of a faith community that takes Jesus’s words to heart: “Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ ” (Matthew 25:44-45).