In Single Digits Temps, Brunswick and Keystone Club Kids Take “Midnight Run” to New York to Help Homeless

Friday night will be memorable for its bitter cold, single degree temps. That did not deter a group of Brunswick School students teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club Keystone Club in an effort to meet and help homeless people, face to face.

The experience was not only a chance for teens from the private school and the Club kids to get to know each other, but to share a valuable mission. Working under the auspices of Midnight Run, a non profit organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless, the teens met up at the Boys & Girls Club where they organized voluminous donations of warm winter clothing, toiletries and food.

After a short break for dinner, the teens piled into vans and headed to New York City where several stops were scheduled of approximately 15 minutes each, starting at 9:30pm.

Brendan Davey, Chris Smoller, Henry Putnam, all members of the class of 2024 at Brunswick School with Leif King, a member of the Greenwich High School class off 2026 and a member of the Keystone Club. Feb 3, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager

“People are waiting for us at each stop,” explained Amy Kerekes, the Director of Community Service at Brunswick. “The stops are usually at a house of worship or community center. We talk to people and hear all of their personal stories. A lot of them are just down on their luck.

At each stop the conversations flow. The human exchange is the hallmark of Midnight Run. The interactions create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection.

Henry Putnam, an 11th grader at Brunswick, said he had previously made several trips through Midnight Run, and was back because he felt the effort was important.

“It may sound corny or clichéd, but it’s life changing. We live in such comfort, but we talk to them and there are a lot of them who have just been dealt a bad hand,” Henry said. “We learn why they’ve become homeless, and for 99% of them it’s a choice.”

The itinerary for the evening started with stops in midtown before heading to lower Manhattan and a stop in the area near Foley Square.

More information on Midnight Run is available online.

Daniella Hernandez a member of the Westhill High School class of 2025, with Ava Galley a club alumna who returned from Syracuse University for the event, and Gabriel Cueto, a member of the Port Chester High School class of 2024. Feb 3, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager
Boys & Girls Club Education and Volunteers Coordinator, Keystone co-advisor Mariana Martins and Amy Kerekes, the Director of Community Service at Brunswick School. Kerekes is also a Boys & Club Alumna. Feb 3, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager
Brunswick students and Keystone Club members busy sorting donated clothes before the “Midnight Run.” Feb 3, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager
Brunswick members of the class of 2024 Tommy Pope, Asher Benn and Sebastian DeAngelis at the Boys & Girls Club. Feb 3, 2023 Photo: Leslie Yager