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2017-10-12 / Editorials

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AMUSING COMMENT —In light of the nation’s recent natural disasters, a remark made to me in August about our area would seem to be misplaced.

I was in southern Kentucky, browsing in a Walmart while waiting for the start of the solar eclipse. Another customer noticed that my accent was unlike hers and asked where I was from.

When I said “Buffalo,” the dismayed look on the woman’s face was priceless in itself. But what she said afterward was something I have told and retold.

“Oh, you are so brave,” she said. “All that cold and snow.”

Of course I told her that the area is not like its reputation. I explained that we have lovely summers and falls and that most winters are not extremely cold and don’t include blizzards with 7 feet of snow.

I know she didn’t believe me.

In light of what happened afterward — hurricanes that devastated Houston, the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico, plus the wildfires now sweeping northern California — does she really think anyone has to be brave to live HERE?

BUNDLE UP — If you want to help keep Buffalo families a little warmer this season, stop by Jericho Road Community Health Center’s annual winter outerwear distribution next week.

Bundle Up Buffalo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of Hope, 18 Greenwood Place. The goal of the event is to provide new or gently used winter coats, mittens and gloves, scarves, hats, boots and blankets to families in Buffalo who might need them. Sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, sneakers or undergarments will not be collected.

According to the Jericho Road Community Health Center, the need is particularly great for the resettled refugees in Buffalo, who often come from much warmer climates and might not be prepared for Western New York’s winters.

The first Bundle Up Buffalo was held in 2010 and was organized by then-AmeriCorps member Krista Schwartzott, who saw the need for outerwear among the refugee clients of the Hope Refugee Drop-In Center. Through the event, around 500 people were provided with some form of winter wear last year.

Outerwear donation drop-offs will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-20 at the Loretto Ministry Center, 301 14th St. in Buffalo.

Volunteers are needed for sorting and organizing donations from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and for assisting with distribution from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. To volunteer, contact Mary Schaefer at 348-3000, ext. 405, or mary.schaefer@jrchc.org. Sign up at www.jrchc.org/help/events/.

Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase items of greatest need.

TRUNK OR TREAT — Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will hold a Trunk-or-Treat Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3741 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. The group will be selling both cat and dog treats, so bring your canine friends for a visit.

Costumes are encouraged, so your pets can enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating. The first five dogs or cats to show up in costume will receive a small prize.

For more information on this event, adoptions, donations or volunteering, call the Ten Lives Club at 646-5577.

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