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.
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.
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.
Key Bank employees collected pillows to help the Response to Love Center pillow drive. Jennifer Strickland, Monica Herman, and Tristan Ziegler delivered 55 brand new pillows. Thank you, ladies, for your thoughtfulness.
We would like to congratulate Zahra Akther Lasker for completing the ESL Class at Response to Love Center, after studying with us for the past year. Zahra is an immigrant from Bangladesh who came to America in 2015. She was searching for a better life for herself and her family. She lives here with her husband, son and daughter.
Zahra speaks proudly of her children’s accomplishments as her 27 year old daughter works as a banker and her 21 year old son, an engineering student, who currently studies at University of Buffalo.
During the year, Zahra volunteered at Public School 90, located in Buffalo. She shared time in the classroom with the first and second grade students. Today, she came to share the good news with Sister Johnice, Michael and the teachers. She was interviewed by the Principal at the school where she volunteered and has acquired a full time position as a Teacher’s Aide beginning Monday.
We extend our sincere prayer and best wishes to Zahra and her family as they fulfill their dream here at Response to Love Center and experience a journey into new life in the United States.
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!
For the last eight years, the Response to Love Center has held an annual fundraising Gala called the Benefit of Love. It is our primary fundraiser for the year that helps pay for the services we provide to the community. This year the Benefit of Love Gala will be held on Thursday June 15, 2017 at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, New York.
Some of the things that are offered at the Benefit of Love Event are valuable gift baskets, silent auction items, live auction items, inspirational gifts and items unique to the mission.
We also want to recognize the people that have gone over and beyond to help our mission succeed. For the last few years we have shared the stories of these people, organizations, and Parishes that have done so much for us with a small award and the recognition they so deserve.
This year, like years past we hold a “Gift Gathering Champagne Brunch.” The purpose of this brunch is to help provide some of the auction items for the Gala event in June. The idea is that we hold a brunch and the admission to the brunch is a donation that is valued at least $25. That can be in the form of a monetary donation, gift cards, gift basket items, silent auction items, live auction items or other interesting donations we can use at the Benefit of Love Gala.
The Gift Gathering will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 1:00pm at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, New York. Please join us for this fun event and help the Response to Love Center have a Grand Gala Event in June.
If you are interested in attending our Gift Gathering Champagne Brunch please RSVP the number of attendees by April 15th 2017 so we can get an accurate count for the party. Please call 894-7030 or respond by clicking here.