Thank you Mayer Brothers Cider Mill

Sister Mary Alisette Skotnicki C.S.S.F. Packing and serving the Doughnuts with a Smile.
Sister Mary Alisette Skotnicki C.S.S.F.
Packing and serving the Doughnuts with a Smile.

We would like to thank Mayer Brothers Cider Mill (www.mayerbrothers.com) in West Seneca NY for their generous donation of their fresh made delicious doughnuts throughout the fall season. For years now every Tuesday and Thursday we are happy to accept the day-old doughnuts, which we pack into a dozen or half dozen bags and offer to all our clients. It has become a special treat for all our clients, volunteers, and the Sisters. At the end of the fall season, Mayer Brothers also send us any extra pies, baked goods, and other treats. Not only that but for years at our Thanksgiving Meal 6 or 7 cases of cider appear at our door. God Bless the good people at Mayer Bros. Cider Mill. Please remember them for all your autumn treat needs.

Alexander Steam Show 2017

2017 marks the second year for Response to Love Center to be the recipient of proceeds from a day at the Local Steam Engine, Antique Tractor, Old Farm Equipment Show and Flea Market in Alexander. This event has taken place for the past fifty one years.
Sister Mary Johnice was invited to speak at Our Lady of Peace Church in
Clarence, New York, to encourage the parishioners to consider remembering the needs of the Center through a sacrificial gift during the Lenten Season. One of the parishioners felt inspired. Through the efforts of the owner of the Wargo Demolition Company, John, his team of workers, friends and relatives decided to take action. He set up “Sacred Heart Productions” to benefit the Center with a fundraiser.

Sister Johnice and Mike Gilhooly (Assistant Director) met together with a team to organize the project. The Steam Show Event was now underway and before long, the Center was given a place at the main entrance with a tent and tables. Volunteers staffed the grand prize raffle, 50-50 raffles and theme baskets.
Sisters Mary Catherine, Rose, Johnice and Volunteers greeted thousands of visitors. They shared Felician smiles and kind words of welcome along with donations of fresh donuts and containers of animal crackers. Sister Johnice commented, “We have the time today to bring Jesus to all the people we meet. We enjoy sharing stories, smiles and making new friends. It’s not all about raising funds … it’s evangelizing and accompanying others … about bringing an awareness of people’s need for food, clothing and learning what takes place in our Center.”
The Veterans from Response to Love Center set up a table with literature and talked with Veterans in need of benefits and services. The day was filled with God’s love and joy, great weather and the invitation to return once again next year!

Thank You Phillips Lytle of Buffalo

Thank you, Phillips Lytle, for your continued support throughout the years with your most generous donations of school supplies for our children. Again this year you have stepped up and provided the specific things we were lacking in our school supply stock. Crayons, color paper, pens, and backpacks were just some of the things we were short of, not anymore.

THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL. .. BLESS THE LORD!

THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL. .. BLESS THE LORD!

September 5, 2017

Fresh Grown Produce at Response to Love CenterHarvest time is special at Response to Love Center! Fresh produce is grown and given to families and individuals for a healthy meal; Tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, Zucchini, and Peppers are provided. In addition, the fresh produce can be used as a teachable experience, for meal preparation and to cook healthy meals at home.

Fresh donuts are brought to the Center through the generosity of Mayer Brothers
Cider Mill, twice a week, boxes of freshly baked cinnamon donuts are served to the
clients in the dining room and extras are added to the pantry bags.

Each week, Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs are donated and given as an extra
nutritious food item for the food pantry bag.

Farm Fresh Produce at the Response to Love Center

We are grateful to God for His bountiful harvest and we thank God for those who share their gifts during the autumn season. God is good!

Back-To-School at Response to Love Center

Back – To – School at Response to Love Center

August 28, 2017

The season is here for children getting ready for back to school!

Back packs, pens, pencils, markers, writing paper and more are given to families for the “Opening School Day!”

Thank You, Veterans Auxiliary 9249 with School Supplies

Generosity from Veterans Auxiliary 9249, The John Newman Community, Dash Markets and local community groups have been a blessing to the clients at Response to Love Center.

Today forty school children got huge smiles on their faces as they received their school supplies. In coming days, and weeks more children will be given what they need so that “no child is forgotten.”

Thank You, Kevin O’Connell and Dash’s Market for the School Supplies and Backpacks!

Thank you to everyone that has donated you are investing in the future and bringing smiles to the neediest.

Appeal for PERSONAL NEEDS ITEMS!

We need Personal Care Items Please Help!

Part of our Mission is to help provide basic personal needs to those that cannot afford them. We believe that we can help the quality of our client’s lives, and their self-esteem by offering Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Deodorant, Soap, Toothpaste etc. However, due to the number of people in need, we are making an appeal for these items so we have enough to go around. We usually have two yearly distributions of these items and as of this writing we will be short in our fall distribution and will have nothing in the spring 2018 distribution. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

The following items we need are:

  • Bottles of Shampoo 10-12 oz size
  • Cans of Shaving Cream
  • Men’s Deodorant
  • Women’s Deodorant
  • Assorted Bar Soaps
  • Tubes of Toothpaste

Thank you so much!

MJ Mechanical Supports the Response to Love Center

Jonathan Sinatra Presents the Proceeds to Sr. M. Johnice

Special Thanks to MJ Mechanical for Hosting the Matt Poole Golf Classic on July 22, 2017, and offering the proceeds to the Response to Love Center. The Annual golf tournament raised a total of more than $5000! MJ Mechanical has been our refrigeration and HVAC Company for many years offering great service and people.  MJ Mechanical (http://www.mjmechanical.com/) has been keeping our food cold and our building warm, and in great shape to serve the people on the East Side of Buffalo.

Carly’s Cents for Socks Donation

Thank you to Maggie Buckley and her daughter Carly Switalski for collecting 187 pairs of socks to be distributed to the poor of Buffalo’s East Side. Maggie and Carly head up an organization called Carly’s Cents for Socks.

Sister Johnice and Carly Switalski

Basil Ford Clothing Drive for the Response to Love Center

The Response to Love Center would like to thank Basil Ford at 1540 Walden Ave in Cheektowaga NY for their Clothing Drive. Basil Ford employees have provided much needed warm clothing for the needy on Buffalo’s East Side. As we enter into the coldest time of the year it is heart warming that the Basil Company steps up and helps us in this most important mission. Thank You, Basil Ford Clothing Drive to help Response to Love Center Basil Ford!

Prayers and Pillows Drive 2016

Sister Johnice and Richard Gurbacki Collecting Pillows
Sister Johnice and Richard Gurbacki Collecting Pillows

Thank you to all the people, churches, companies and organizations that helped collect more than 1000 pillows for the 2016 Prayers and Pillows Drive at Response to Love Center. A special thank you to Mr. Richard Gurbacki for being instrumental in collecting, and transporting many of the pillows collected.

The pillows collected were distributed to our Christmas Day Dinner Guests and other Organizations that help the poor in Buffalo.

The drive started because of the desire of Volunteers Mattie and Brooke Woodard to provide something “special” for our clients. The video below explains.