Feathers fly in fight to the finish: Newmindspace Pillow Fight Helps Homeless

By Khadija Hasne ’16 and Quetourah Dalencourt ’16

Hearts raced as pillows and teddies flew at a giant pillow fight held in Madison Square Park on April 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Key Clubbers along with the Newmindspace organization swung and whacked as they avoided other pillow wielding assailants in an effort to help the homeless.

The Newmindspace organization has been supporting the homeless around North America for over 12 years and this year Key Club has partaken in the efforts of the Newmindspace organization to help better the lives of the less fortunate. The Newmindspace organization is a non-profit organization founded by Kevin Bracken and Lori Kufner. Since March of 2005, they have been organizing free, fun, all-ages events like parties on subway cars, public pillow fights, giant games of capture the flag on city streets, massive bubble battles, public art installations and much more. These events are part of the larger urban playground movement, a loosely knit group of event organizers around the world who share a common goal, to promote free events in public space, bring people together, create community and help the less fortunate.

The Newmindspace organization is passionate about bettering the lives of the homeless. Last year they donated over 1500 pillows to homeless shelters in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Those who participated in the event were asked to donate lightly to unused soft feather-free pillows, which were collected at the end of the event to be later shipped of to homeless shelters.

Alexa Champsnella ’17 said, “It’s a really good what Key Clubbers are doing because everyone needs a pillow to sleep on at night.”

“Homeless people don’t have basic necessities like pillows so its great that Key Club is helping out and making the lives of the homeless a little better,” said Sabina Ferrara ’17

Najah Thurston ’16, Key Club vice-president said, “It was a fun event to attend. It feels good to help. It makes me feel like I can make a difference by hitting people with pillows.”

For the afternoon Key Clubbers could attack one another with pillows in a playful manner while also aiding the Newmindspace organization. The pillow fight fundraiser is something the Newmindspace organization set up to help improve the living standards of the homeless and give them a comfortable place to rest their heads at night. Thousands of people along with Key Clubbers attended the event in an aspiration to assist the homeless.

“The event was important because if we don’t donate pillows to the homeless, they will be sleeping on the hard concrete. How would you feel if you had to sleep without a pillow?,” said Thurston.

Christina Charles ’16 said, “This fundraiser was an amazing idea because not only did it help the less fortunate but it is also a lot of fun.”

Chankele Winfield ’16 said, “This might have been the best fundraiser so far put on by Key Club because it’s a lot of fun but at the same time it helps a lot of people.”

Although, Key Clubbers were doing good they also had an amazing time and not a second of it was dull. The fundraiser was very successful and beneficial yet at the same time lively.

Christina Manukov ’16 said, “This fundraiser is a lot of fun because everyone loves a pillow fight and have a great time while also helping others.”

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