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  • Nov 24, 2011 · 8:30 AM
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This is the letter I posted to you all last year... and the year before – oh my... and the year before... but the first paragraph is still apropos - so I'll (mostly)leave it as is...

This has been a difficult year for many of us, but there is much to be thankful for and so very many blessings – everyday things that we simply take for granted... like warm clothes and a bed, food and a safe place to stay..
This year, once again, on Thanksgiving we’ll meet for a short hike in the morning - we'll be done by 11 a.m. so you can get on the road to relatives or finish up the cooking before they get to your house!
There will be no Meetup fee for this hike - that’s my thanks to you...
In lieu of my normal $2.oo Meetup fee I ask that you bring one (or more, if you can) items from this list:
NEW MEN'S SOCKS -Tube socks, rolled in pairs. White or dark.
NEW MEN'S UNDERWEAR - Jockey/brief style. Sizes 32 through 42.
Gently USED DURABLE PANTS - Large sizes are preferred, waist sizes between 32 and 40 and above. Blue jeans are preferred over khakis
Gently USED SWEATSHIRTS AND LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS. Large and extra large. Dark colors preferred. Hooded sweatshirts are especially useful.
Gently USED or New T-SHIRTS- Medium through extra large. Any color.
SHOES - Sizes 9 through 12 and above.
Soft-soled shoes and work boots are preferred. LIGHTLY worn sneakers or athletic shoes
Also needed
(in order of need) are small or travel size –
Shaving Cream
Lip balm or moisturizer
Please do not bring full size products! These are meant for those living on the street or those sleeping in boxes... Not those in a shelter or receiving from a food pantry. Item are grouped into baggies for distribution to those living on the streets. Thank you!

All items will be delivered to Midnight Run in Dobbs Ferry.

What is Midnight Run?

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.
In over 900 relief missions per year, Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.
Midnight Run is not a solution to homelessness. Our goal is to forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring from which solutions may evolve. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see the homeless as real people, not a commodity. And homeless men and women learn that many mainstream adults and teenagers have commitments and concerns that go beyond their own lives and families.
If you cannot make the hike on Thanksgiving morning, please consider visiting their website to donate directly and/or see how else you can help.

Thank you!
Happy Thanksgiving

Time: Meet 8:30 a.m. Finish time – out by 11:00

Place: South end of Garrison train station.


For directions: Please scroll to the bottom this event post. Train riders please make sure of the train schedule as it is a holiday!

Note: Well behaved kids are welcome as are well behaved dogs ON LEASHES. This is not only a park rule but is being considerate of those who may not be as enamored of your pup as you are (also, some people are fearful of dogs but may not feel comfortable saying so)
Please indicate in your RSVP if you are bringing a dog or kids so others know in advance. Thank you!

Distance: Approx 3 miles total.

Pace: We will not be racing through the woods. Time will be taken both on the trail and at our break point on the water.

Terrain: The hike is a very easy, short hike through woods, past some ruins, then right on the Hudson River in NY - Hudson Highlands State Park in Putnam County. Our break point is perfect and right on the water. Please bring your cameras and post your pictures on this site.

I’ll send out an email to the YES rsvp’s with a contact cell # and any last minute news. Please make sure to have this number and the directions with you!


There is no fee for this hike - my thanks to you. But, Please check the list below and bring something to donate to Midnight Run. All info is below including a website link. If you need a receipt for tax purposes let me know at the hike and I will get one for you. If you can't make the hike but would like to donate to Midnight Run, please use the link to their website in the event post.

**One last noteI will not be leading the hike this year... I will be visiting my daughter in Maryland. My friend Brian Kopilak hiked with us last year on Thanksgiving Morning Hike and offered to lead this year and to collect and deliver to Midnight Run. The trails were scouted yesterday and are in good shape – and as beautiful as remembered!
I hope enjoy the hike, the company and that you’ll find the hike as tranquil and uplifting as I do.


Driving Directions
Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Cross the bridge and bear left onto N.Y. 9D.
(From Westchester - get yourself to the bear mountain bridge. DON"T go over it! Stay straight onto 9D. Follow directions below)
Proceed north on N.Y. 9D for 4.5 miles to an intersection with N.Y. 403. Turn left at this intersection onto Lower Station Road and follow it downhill to the Metro-North railroad station. Park in the station parking lot (parking is free on weekends; there is a fee on weekdays).
By Train
Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to the Garrison station. Check the holiday schedule - MUST meet us by 8:30 a.m.

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  • Theresa

    Thanks Brian for doing the hike and continuing a great tradition!!
    Had fun and a lot of laughs. Munchkins and box of jo...perfect :)

    November 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, but 8:30 AM is a bit early for many of us with a longer drive or sleep deprivation issues.

    November 25, 2011

  • Paula

    I will not be leading the hike this year... My friend Brian Kopilak will be leading. Brian hiked this trail with us last year on Thanksgiving Morning and offered to lead this year and to collect and deliver to Midnight Run. The trails were scouted yesterday and are in good shape and as beautiful as remembered!

    November 20, 2011

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