A New York Marathon Party to Remember.

The race must go on…and by that I mean, while the New York Marathon might be cancelled for the first time this year, the spirit of this race will not be silenced. Tomorrow, we will still be gathering and feeding and serving our city and people in the same spirit as we have every year by volunteering with the hurricane relief efforts and putting our time and energies to GOOD use.

Today, a couple friends and I went downtown and volunteered with GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) this afternoon. We were able to check in on elderly and make sure residents in some of the far downtown apartment complexes had power, water, food, and medication. Here is our update and plan for tomorrow–we hope you will still MARATHON ON with us and join the efforts.

9:30AM 11:00AM - Hoop and I would love to have any of you over for coffee and bagels. Just let us know if you will be joining so we can make sure there is enough food for all.

11:00AM - Take the 6 train down to Astor Place and walk over to Tompkins Square park where the GOLES volunteer groups will be meeting. The groups meet in the North East corner of the park located on 10th Street and Ave B.

12:00PM - Volunteers will be organized into groups to distribute food and check in on residents of specified apartment complexes, or assigned to other tasks/needs GOLES identifies. We most likely will go out for a few hours on this project, and might return to the community center to be sent out on other projects or jobs after.

Sixth Street Community Center is located at 638 E. 6th St. between Avenues B and C and is the location to drop off donations as well. If you are not able to join us tomorrow but would still like to contribute, feel free to drop off donations at this location (or others located around the city). Any items or time you can contribute are more than appreciated and do not go unnoticed.

If you can, please bring:
- A flashlight
- A pen
- A clipboard or small notebook
- A backpack, bag, cart/stroller, or something to carry supplies/food

If you have any of the following items to donate, they will be accepting:
- Non-perishable foods
- Blankets
- Flashlights
- Batteries

We noticed that there was a need for people who speak other languages (Spanish and Mandarin specifically in the apartment buildings we went to today). So come on down if you have any of those special SKILLZ to contribute! Maybe we can all learn some fun words on our way down tomorrow too ☺

If for some reason there is an overwhelming amount of people at the GOLES meeting site and they reach capacity for volunteers, they will be sending volunteers to St. Jacobi Church (5406 4th Ave.) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, via the R train, or to Crossroads Church (168 New Dorp Ln.) in Staten Island via the ferry and SI public transit. We can asses the volunteer situation when we get down there and Im sure there will be groups going out on there own in the afternoon too. It will be nice to have organizers/groups to travel with for these locations because they are a bit harder to navigate with the public transportation situation.

To all our runners: WE♥YOU! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the past year. We will use this as inspiration on Sunday and will be thinking of you guys with every step we take and smile we pass on. 

Thanks again to everyone for your support and we hope that you will be able to join us. Tomorrow’s MARATHON of VOLUNTEERING will be 26.2+ miles of inspiration, love, and the true unified spirit of this amazing city we call home. Let’s bring it, New York!

♥, hoop & ky

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