After snow storm, charities scramble to prepare Thanksgiving dinner

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The week before Thanksgiving is a busy one for charities as they prepare to feed hundreds of people, but last week’s snow storm put many things on hold.

Michael Smith with the Buffalo City Mission said, “With the snow I think everyone got tired from it and we didn’t get any donations coming in, which we do at this time of the year”

At the Response to Love Center there were concerns about deliveries.

Sister Mary Johnice said, “We were a little leery because the turkeys weren’t coming in because of the weather.”

However, all that began to change when the snow melted.  The donations started to roll in and volunteers tried to make up for lost time.

Tyler Will joined dozens of volunteers from Canisius at the Response to Love Center.

He said, “With the snow and the snow days, we just couldn’t send anyone but it’s been amazing to see how many crusaders have come out and helped move stuff here and help here and we’ve gotten a lot done.”

Julia Rousek and her family from Cheektowaga have been helping the Response to Love Center for 7 years.

She said, “It was great to see everyone together and really trying to get everything done because they didn’t have enough help during the week because everyone was closed.”

Despite the holdups, the day before Thanksgiving, the tables were set and the deliveries were ready.

“The community came through because that’s buffalo, the city of good neighbors so we have everything and we’re all ready,” said Sister Johnice.

The Response to Love Center will be open at 10 a.m. for anyone who needs a meal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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