Charity by Moonlight

In the following weeks, St. Luke’s Seniors will once again participate in the Midnight Run, a now favorite tradition of each graduating class. For two nights a year, Seniors will take a variety of items–including food, clothing, and toiletries–and deliver them to homeless men and women across New York City.  This year, the runs are scheduled for February 20th and 27th. As is par for the course, Seniors have been preparing for this event for two months. Different groups of students organize all of the essentials for making this trip. A Publicity group makes signs, hands out flyers, and shares the event in the media, while other groups are dedicated to the collection, organization, and shipping of all of the items acquired over this several week long period.

In its eighth year at SLS, the Midnight Run has become a hallmark of the community service on the Hilltop. It is almost entirely student run, but overseen with the guiding help of Ms. DeMarco and volunteer parents. As of now, everything is being collected and organized for the big nights, and the Seniors get to look forward to completing one of the graduating rituals of St. Luke’s.

So, how can YOU help? Well, the Midnight Run Collection Drive will take place from February 11-20. Below are some items that are acceptable for donation:


– Men’s warm coats – L-XXL
– Women’s warm coats – M-XL
– Men’s pants – jeans, sweatpants, other durable pants – large sizes
– Men’s sweatshirts (HOODIES are best), sweaters, flannel shirts – M-XXL
– Men’s t-shirts – short or long-sleeved – M-XXL
– Men’s boxers – M-XXL (new)
– Women’s underwear – M-XL
– Sneakers & durable shoes – any size
– Tube socks – (new)
– Hats (baseball or knit), gloves, scarves, belts
– Sleeping bags, blankets
– Backpacks, canvas tote bags, small duffle bags

Personal Care Items (150 toiletry kits will be handed out)
– Disposable razors, lip balm, combs and tooth brushes
– Travel size toothpaste, shaving cream, hand sanitizers and deodorants

Gift Cards (to purchase food and toiletry items that do not get donated)
– Costco, Target, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, & Wal-Mart are best.
– 300 lunches will be made consisting of a turkey sandwich, orange, cookies and a hard boiled egg along with 16 gallons of warm soup and hot chocolate.

With your donations, the Senior class can really make a difference in the lives of many. For more information, visit or contact Mrs. DeMarco-Havens, US Health & Wellness Coordinator, or Susan Young & Elaine Sullivan, Midnight Run Co-Chairs.

Tommy Champion and Drew Lord, Staff Writers

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