Every second month, the United Methodist Church of New
Canaan ventures out on their Midnight Run Mission with a group of dedicated
church members bringing clothing and other necessities to homeless men and
women in New York City.
For many years, church volunteers have organized and participated
in about five runs per year with the hope of finding common ground between the
organized over 1,000 relief missions per year - they are church or synagogue groups,
schools, other civic groups and individuals who aim to help the homeless poor
of New York City.
According to the Midnight Run Organization, the late-night
relief mission creates a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection.
Although volunteers exchange goods, the essence of the Midnight Run is the
human exchange. Of course, everyone realizes this is not a permanent solution
for homelessness. However, the goal is to establish a foundation of trust and
caring from which solutions may evolve. The bottom line is: homeless men and
women are real people – not commodities.
For the UMC of NC, the process begins by accepting
donations, which need to be sorted and organized prior to the run. Piling into
a van, the group travels to the streets of Manhattan where they connect with
men and women in need during the overnight hours.
The next run will take place on Tuesday, October 30th
and the UMC Missions Committee needs your help! Colder months are just around
the corner and supplies are low! Please support this important mission; generous
community support has always been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
The following items are in highest demand (MENS ONLY PLEASE)
- Pants or Sweatpants
- Shirts or Pullovers
- Coats & Jackets
- Shoes, Sneakers or Boots
- Warm hats, gloves and scarves
For more information or to find out how you can join the
next Midnight Run, please contact the United Methodist Church of New Canaan at
203.966.2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org