“New Colossus”
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The Statue of Liberty boldly carries these words at her feet and for years, the citizens of New York have embraced this message, allowing it to become one of the most diverse and welcoming metropolitan areas in the world. However accepting we happen to be of all lifestyles, we can always afford to be more neighborly to those less fortunate than us. ‘Tis the season of giving, so here are some ways we can help out!
Some of the most urgent product donations needed at this time include: Water, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, proteins (tuna, chicken, salmon, sardines, ham, Vienna sausages—preferably in pop-top cans or packets), cereal, granola/breakfast bars, juice boxes, dried fruit, crackers, personal hygiene products, and diapers.

If you’re already visiting Mystery Room NYC Midtown and would like to make some donations before or after your game, you can drop off your items at any of these nearby locations:

GMHC Food Pantry
446 West 33 Street
New York, NY 10001

Holy Cross Church Crossroads
329 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Metropolitan Community Church
446 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018

New Alternatives for Children
37 West 26th Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Please be sure to contact these organizations beforehand to find out what days and times they accept donations. If you visit Food Bank NYC’s website, you can find hundreds of other locations all over New York at which you can volunteer your time, money, and compassion. Thank you for helping to make our world a better place!