City of Buffalo teaming with True Bethel Church, Salvation Army for Harvey relief

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The City of Buffalo is teaming up with the Salvation Army and True Bethel Baptist Church to collect items for those impacted by Harvey.

In a 3 p.m. press conference Friday on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Byron Brown called on residents to participate in the city-wide donation initiative.

The donation drive will be accepting back-to-school and basic personal care items for people affected by the storm in Texas.

The list of required items includes new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, towels, blankets, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, shampoo, cases of water, crayons, pencils, pens, and notebooks.

The City of Buffalo will be coordinating with True Bethel and the Salvation Army to establish drop-off points around the city for donated goods.

Donations will be accepted starting Tuesday, Sept, 5, at City Hall, True Bethel (907 E. Ferry St) and the Salvation Army headquarters (960 Main St.).

The barrels of donated goods will be transported to Texas on Sept. 11- “The national day of service which commemorates the victims, survivors and first-responders of the 9/11 attacks,” Brown said.

“Buffalo’s delivery will be part of that continuing tribute and a gesture of kindness to our fellow Americans recovering the wrath of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation,” he added.

 Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, who is also the pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, said this donation drive is a way to help the people of Houston and the other hardest hit communities.

“It’s the right thing to do for our brothers and sisters in Texas who are facing an unbelievable level of hardship,” Pridgen said. “Here in Buffalo we’re used to getting two, three or even four feet of snow. It’s rough, but we can shovel and plow it away- imagine getting four or more feet of rain. They need our help and I have no doubt the people of Buffalo will come through.”

A full list of donation drop-off locations and requested items can be found at www.city-buffalo.com

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