Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stop Take A Rest Event

Once again, we will be hosting our Stop Take A Rest event before finals week.  Stressbusters will be there to provide back and neck rubs.  We will also have some snacks and surprises for our guests.  The event will be on Monday December 2nd at 1:50PM-3:15PM (Common Hour) in Bent Hall 277A.  We hope that you would consider taking a break and relaxing with us!   

Come, S.top T.ake A. R.est - Did you know that finals week is in less than 3 weeks? Do you need time to take a break and just relax?We would like to invite to our final S.T.A.R. event of the semester, an afternoon to sit back and relax! 
The Stressbusters will be there to provide back and neck rubs for all students!

If you will be joining us, please RSVP HERE!

Holiday for Heroes

Last week, students gathered together to design and write holiday cards to those who risk their lives to serve our country.  A variety of construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and fancy scissors were available to spark people's creative juices.  There were also delicious bite size brownies that could satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.  By the end of the event, 22 special homemade cards with heartfelt messages were made and ready to be mailed!    

Friday, November 15, 2013

S.T.A.R. Midnight Run

For many years, the Campus Ministry at St. John's University has been working with the Midnight Run Organization to feed and clothe people who are homeless in Manhattan.  Students volunteer to make sandwiches and distribute these sandwiches along with clothing to different parts of Manhattan.  However, that is not the only thing they do.  A vital part of the Midnight Run is to get to know the men and women they meet.

The Midnight Run has become a very popular service event that many people are eager to participate in.  Thus, one needs to sign up very early in order to earn one of the ten precious spots available each night.  Luckily for the S.T.A.R. family, the S.T.A.R. coordinators reserved a night, way in advance, just for them.        
On November 6th, several members of the S.T.A.R. family met up with the leaders of the Midnight Run that night at O'Connor Hall.  There, we made 50 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, 25 turkey & cheese sandwiches, and 25 ham & cheese sandwiches.  Afterwards, we put 1 pb&j sandwich, 1 meat (turkey or ham) sandwich, 1 banana, 1 juicebox, 1 napkin, and a couple pieces of candy in each plastic bag.  To differentiate the turkey and ham sandwiches, we tied the plastic bags with turkey sandwiches.  While everyone was cleaning up, two of us went to Montgoris Dining Hall to get a huge container of coffee and soup.  An interesting thing is that Chartwells, which is in charge of the food at Montgoris, is separate from St. John's and is always willing to donate any coffee or soup they have that night to a Midnight Run.  Once the van was packed and ready to go, we drove down to Midtown.  Our stops were E 50th St & Lexington Ave (outside a store named Bloom), W 53rd St & 5th Ave (outside St. Thomas Church), and W 51st St & Broadway (outside Times Square Church).  Throughout the night, we met many regulars and talked to several people.  One person we had the honor of meeting was Malcolm Bonds, the Vice President of Midnight Run.  He was a down to earth homeless man filled with wisdom and insight.  Everyone knew him and he knew everyone.  He told us many stories and how he was always happy to see St. John's students volunteering because they want to be there to help others.  It was a blessed experience meeting wonderful people, hearing their stories, and having people excited and grateful to see us.   

If you haven't done a Midnight Run yet, it is a MUST before you graduate St. John's!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween Extravaganza

           Last Thursday was the annual S.T.A.R. Halloween Extravaganza.  In the Sullivan Cafe, spooky decorations covered the tables and walls.  There was an array of devilish treats like cookies shaped as fingers, lollipops that looked like ghosts, and cupcakes that were Halloween themed that were ready to be devoured by hungry zombies.  Mentors and buddies played several rounds of Halloween themed Bingo; eager to find out if they would have Bingo and win.  Prize bags were given out to the winners, but since everyone at S.T.A.R. is a winner, everyone else received goodie bags for playing.  

What did you dress up as for Halloween?
If you didn't, what would you have dressed up as?