Help Us for Christmas

Who doesn’t want a clean home, but many of our clients can’t afford to get the supplies necessary to keep their home clean.

This year for Christmas The Response to Love Center is going to offer Home Cleaning Supplies to our clients. You can help by donating:

  • Spray Cleaning Solutions (eg.) Mr. Clean ~ Spic-n-Span ~ 409 ~ Lysol etc.
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Toilet Cleaner / Brush set
  • Dish Soap
  • Pledge
  • Sponges, Washcloths, Lysol Type Wipes, Steel Wool, etc.
  • Laundry Soap, Softner, Dryer Sheets
  • Paper towels
Response to Love Center looking for Cleaning Supplies  for Christmas 2018
Response to Love Center looking for Cleaning Supplies for Christmas 2018

This would be a great holiday time project for your group!

Thank You!

Response to Love Center responding to the extreme cold here in Buffalo.

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.



  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:

  • Response to Love Center 130 Kosciuszko St Buffalo during our open hours Monday – Thursdays 9 am – 12 pm or call 894-7030 to make arrangements.
  • St. Christopher’s on Niagara Falls Blvd. during mass on the weekend of December 9 and 10.
  • St. Stephens on Grand Island during mass on the weekend of December 16 and 17.
  • Galleria Mall in front of Dicks Sporting Goods on the 2nd floor on December 16 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

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 please write Towels in the subject line.

Wrapped in towels of love event December 1,2017

When were you hungry and I fed you?

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

People Responded to the Personal Needs Appeal Thank You!

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.

From left to right:
Maria Walker, Joseph Grande, Noah Mombrea, Nina Marsh, Margaret Smith,
Sr. M. Johnice, Evelyn Honan, Andrew Walker, Michael Reese.

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.

From left to right:
Peter & Michele Hiczewski, Sr. Mary Johnice, Sr. Mary Catherine, Mary Danakas, Conni Brown