A Heart for the Homeless
John replied, "If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry." Luke 3:11
The concept is a simple one...to bring human interaction and comfort to people who every day are ignored, vilified, scapegoated and stepped over. The Midnight Run, a nonprofit organization based in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., has been serving the homeless in Manhattan for many years.
The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns has been taking part since 2010. Twice a year, volunteers at our church gather and sort donations of seasonal clothing and toilet articles for a midnight run to Manhattan. On the designated nights, Pastor Jeff and a team of youth and adult members of the congregation load up the Midnight Run van and drive into Manhattan to pre-arranged stops, where they hand out the donated clothing and toiletries, along with sandwiches prepared by other volunteers.