Save the date!
We have been so blessed again this year by a wonderful donation of warm coats for children from the Father Justin Knights of Columbus 5670. Located at 2735 Union Rd. Cheektowaga NY. Sister Johnice asked all the volunteers, staff and Sisters to be “on the lookout” for children that might need a coat. We had our annual Christmas toy distribution on December 13th and 14th when Sister Rose and Buffalo Police officer Gail Allen noticed a child with only a hooded sweatshirt on (and it was cold outside) so the God squad went to work and sized our first coat of the season to a very happy and warm young man. Many of our people are arriving from other areas of the world and have never experienced real cold conditions needing coats, boots, and warm clothing. Then during the Christmas day dinner and subsequent days more coats found new owners providing warmth and bright happiness to the children receiving them.
Thank you, Channel 4 WIVB TV for the nice story!
Christmas time is special at the Response to Love Center; this year will be no different. Sister Johnice is especially tuned in to what our people need, through prayer; she sees her mission is to respond where God is leading her. For the last few years, the focus has been on specific needs of our people. We have had diaper drives; last year was pillows and pillowcases. This year Sister is responding to the needs with a drive to provide a new towel, washcloth, and soap, calling it;
“Wrapped in Towels of Love.”
Our supporters have in the past, been so generous with these efforts because they have also seen the need, with Sister’s guidance. “Sometimes the simple things many of us take for granted are so much more important to people in need. Please consider helping us provide these simple things to the people we serve,” said Sister Johnice.
You can participate in several different ways:
Bring three unused bath towels or a set of bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth to:
Additionally, there will be a combination fundraiser and towel drive at the Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St. on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.
Bring three unused bath towels or a set of bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth and you will receive 5 tickets to the exceptional basket raffle which includes sporting event tickets, theater tickets and many items from local merchants.
You will also receive your first pint for only two dollars and you will also have to opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a special RESPONSE TO LOVE Quilt that is being made by the ladies from the River Lea Quilting Guild on Grand Island. Babcia’s Pierogis will have their delicious food available.
Should your parish want to participate in this drive or if you have a question or need information please call Rich Gurbacki at 716-361-1145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. please write Towels in the subject line.
Sometimes when it rains it pours, that is what happened yesterday at the intake office at Response to Love Center. We had 3 new families come in to sign up for our pantry. None of these new families spoke any English. The challenge has arrived. However, God will always provide, and this time was no different. The families are from Burma and we happen to have Burma students in our advanced ESL (English as a Second Language) class. We asked for help from our students and they were eager to help. The look of joy and relief when the students came into the intake room and started to communicate with our new families was palatable. We really try to be accommodating and meet the needs of our clients, this time; with the help of our ESL students we’ve met that challenge
Personal Care Items Collected for the Response to Love Center.
October 3, 2017
God is good. We put out an appeal for personal care items that we were running low on and people have responded. The Guardian Angel Homeschoolers from the Southern tier held a drive to collect personal care items. The students who happen to also be long time summer youth poverty awareness participants, delivered those donations today.
Another delivery today of personal care items were collected by The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (on Delaware & West Utica) in Buffalo. They hosted the Bi-Annual Metropolis of Detroit Clergy-Laity & Philoptochos Conference. Philoptochos (Greek translation) means “Friends of the Poor.” This donation was presented by 40 individual delegates and in addition a $625 cash donation. Thank you for all of your efforts to help support the poor on Buffalo’s East Side.
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.
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!