by Stephanie Brown
BUFFALO, N.Y., March 23, 2016 – New and gently used linens are being sought to complete household “fresh start” packages for clients of Catholic Charities. Ladies of Charity of Catholic Charities is asking Kenmore and Tonawanda residents to gather items including blankets, sheets, comforters and towels and drop them in collection barrels at various organizations around town, including parishes and social centers.
“Fresh start” packages contain gently used or new, basic household items and benefit individuals and families who have a need to restart a home, whether from homelessness, fire or leaving a domestic violence situation.
Collection sites are: Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department, 16 Nash Rd., Kenmore, 875-3274; St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Buffalo, 875-2730; St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Sheridan Dr., Kenmore, 873-6716; St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church, 565 E Park Dr., Tonawanda, 875-9430; St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Tonawanda, 877-6401; American Legion Brounshidle Post #205, 3354 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, 877-9279; and Knights of Columbus Kenmore, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, 875-5780.
For more information on specific drop-off times, please call the site directly to coordinate.
Ladies of Charity is a ministry of service provided by concerned girls and women within the community on a volunteer basis. Each year, Ladies of Charity provides several hundred children with schoolbags and supplies, is one of the largest participants in the WNY Holiday Partnership supplying Christmas gifts for local children, operates the Lots of Clothes store in Buffalo, which provides gently used clothing at no cost to clients and low cost to everyone else. To assist them in their mission or for more information, visit locbuffalony.org.
As the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York, Catholic Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives.
In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.
Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. The Better Business Bureau Foundation of Upstate New York recently presented Catholic Charities with the 2015 Torch Award for Philanthropic Excellence, recognizing the organization for employing practices which generate a high level of trust among employees, donors and communities. It also receives the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management, and the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.