They need your help!
As winter sets in, more than 400 Puerto Rican hurricane survivors are arriving with little more than the clothes on their back to rebuild their lives here in Buffalo, and as a city of good neighbors this hits home for many of us with friends and family living in the path of this unfortunate natural disaster.
From now through the end of December, we will be collecting items that are needed and taking them to Catholic Charities’ Ladies of Charity for distribution. Items that are most needed are new and used clothing, coats, boots, small household items, bed linens, cleaning supplies and personal care items.
The Local Efforts Supply Drive, Catholic Charities of Buffalo and St. Vincent DePaul Society have established two drop-off locations in the city. Items can be dropped off at Catholic Charities’ Ladies of Charity at 1122 Broadway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and on Dec. 2. Used clothing, footwear and bedding should be clean and in good condition.
New and used furniture — especially beds, dressers, sofas, chairs, tables and cribs, as well as small appliances — can be dropped at St. Vincent DePaul, 1298 Main St. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Televisions will not be accepted.
In addition, monetary donations are needed to help the new arrivals with security deposits and rent payments, said Nadia Pizzaro, co-chairperson of the Local Efforts Supply Drive. Financial donations are being accepted through the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St. and at M&T Bank via the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.