Midnight Run Club Helps Homeless

Chris Hartigan, Staff Reporter, Sophomore

Despite the great affluence that much of Westchester Country enjoys, homelessness is a growing problem that many residents struggle with. According to a Lohud article by David McKay Wilson, as of 2016, there were 1,750 homeless people living in Westchester County. This is an increase of 31 percent from 2010. Pelham students have decided to do something about this shocking statistic with the recent formation of the Midnight Run Club.

The club is inspired by the Midnight Run Inc., which is located in Dobbs Ferry. Midnight Run Inc. coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year in which volunteers from all over go into New York City and distributes food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to homeless people all over New York City. Members plan to give out supplies to the homeless in Westchester by visiting homeless shelters. They will be providing necessities, such as food, water, blankets, and other items that many people take for granted.

”During freshman year I attended White Plains High School and I viewed their chapter of Midnight Run as inspiration to start a chapter here in Pelham. I am looking forward to expanding this amazing organization alongside my peers,” co-founder Bhakti Kulkarni said.

Club members are also planning on going to New York City to do the same. As of 2017, New York City has the most homeless people out of any municipality in the United States. That number, which is over 75,000, is 20,000 more than the next city, Los Angeles, California according to an article written for Forbes by Niall McCarthy. Students at Pelham felt they should take it upon themselves to address the growing problem.

“I told my friend I wanted to start a club. My friend formerly attended White Plains High School, where they had a Midnight Run club. They suggested we start one here. I have always been interested in helping people and starting a Midnight Run Club was the most fitting way,” co-founder Madison Popovic said.

Madison Popovic and Bhakti Kulkarni run the club with Mrs. Lundy as advisor. For any Pelican interested in joining, this club meets in room 112 every other Tuesday.