Students and volunteers help thousands in need

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A labor of love flowed through St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Wednesday.

Volunteers and students from Canisius High School, St. John the Baptist, and Cheektowaga Central schools distributed thousands of bags of food to local families in need.

“It’s amazing that there’s so many people who need this food. It’s just great to be able to help bring that food and get it to those people,” John Quinlan, a senior at Canisius High School said.

Austin Miller, a junior at Canisius replied, “It’s nice to give back to the community.”St. Luke's Mission of Mercy

Nancy Polino is one of the people who helped put this together. She said more than $40 thousand in donations was used to purchase the goods. Afterwards, volunteers worked to assemble it all.

Even though this helps 2300 families, Polino said more still need help. “You never know when it’s going to be you. It’s so important to help each other. That’s what we’re put here for, to take care of each other.”

Each family gets three bags of food. One has meat and milk. Another has produce. The third has dry goods, such as cookies and pasta.

Students told News 4 that helping others was a touching experience.

“It brings a smile to their faces, which brings a smile to my face,” Michael Tenney, a senior at Canisius said.

“I think it’s really cool to know that you’re helping someone who doesn’t have a Christmas dinner,” Noah Van Valkinburgh, an 8th grader at St. John the Baptist School said.

The local organizations that received the food on Wednesday, will bring it to local families. For example, Journey’s End Refugee Services picked up bags for families coming to Buffalo.

“It’s really important. We have 12 families arriving in the next two days. All of our newly arrived families will be receiving this food,” Andrea Cammarata, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Journey’s End said.

The giving at St. Luke’s doesn’t end on Wednesday. It will continue to open its doors to help even more people. 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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