Local organization seeks donations for refugees and immigrants

BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) — More and more refugees and immigrants have come to Buffalo seeking a better life. Catholic Charities, a local organization, says its their goal to make sure they stay warm this winter.

Catholic Charities told News 4 they have seen a huge increase this year in refugees and immigrants. They have helped more than 600 people this year, and that number continues to grow.

“They really come here with hardly anything and are expected to start a new life which can be very, very difficult often by themselves without their families, said Corinne Lasek, donation coordinator for Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program.

Refugees and immigrants usually come here with little more than what’s on their back. Many have not experienced snow before, let alone a Buffalo winter.

“Most of our clients come from places where winter clothing is not something they are concerned with or know about, so when we tell them it’s going to be cold, they don’t know just how cold it’s going to get,” said Lasek.

Catholic Charities is asking the public for help to clothe those that need it the most.

“Winter coats of course, winter clothing in general, sweaters, boots, hats, mittens anything. They are just so grateful that people care about them and want to make sure they have a safe and happy winter season,” said Lasek.

If you would like to donate to Catholic Charities, their offices are located at 20 Herkimer Street on the west side.

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