May 01, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College students handed out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, water, and bags of chips, as well as clothing and toiletries, at the recent Midnight Run event in Manhattan.
More than a dozen Mount Saint Mary College students headed to New York City last month to help the homeless.
Joined by Roger May, Jr., assistant director of the Mount’s Campus Ministry; Maxine Monroe, director of Residence Life; and Megan Rossi, resident director of Sakac Hall, the students volunteered for the Midnight Run event, which distributed food, clothing, and toiletries to those in need in Manhattan.
The preparation night occurred on April 6, during which 15 students came together to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, create sandwich bags, toiletry bags, sort clothing, and write notes of encouragement to those living on the streets.
The event marked the fourth time Mount students and staff have participated in a Midnight Run. It was hosted by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a humanitarian aid organization.
In addition to the college’s work with the Midnight Run, “We are looking to implement the CRS initiative of Helping Hands, through which the ambassadors will make 10,000 meals to send to families in Africa,” noted Christina Mistretta of Brooklyn, N.Y., president of the Mount’s Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors and an adolescent education major who helped spearhead the Mount’s outing.