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2017-10-12 / Editorial

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DONATE FOR HALLOWEEN — The Orchard Park Library is seeking donations of candy for its annual Halloween party.

The Halloween party will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday,

Oct. 26, at the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St.

The library is accepting unopened bags of candy from now until the day of the party. Interested parties can drop off the candy in the library’s community room.

Also at the party will be super- heroes and villains from the Superhero Alliance of WNY and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. Storyteller Annemarie Jason will also be telling spooky stories. Refreshments, face painting and other activities are also planned for the evening.

BUNDLE UP — If you want to help keep Buffalo families a little warmer this season, make sure you 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 refugee communities 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 at the event, contact Mary Schaefer at 348-3000, ext. 405, or mary.schaefer@jrchc.org. Individuals also can sign up online at www.jrchc.org/help/events/.

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

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