Buffalo, NY – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by the Division of Citizen Services and the Buffalo Police Department, announced today that donation boxes for new coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks have been placed in the lobby of Buffalo City Hall from now until February 1st. The winter clothing items will be distributed to partnering organizations, including Cornerstone Manor (Buffalo City Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter), Buffalo City Mission’s Men’s Center, Salvation Army’s Emergency Family Shelter, the Homeless Alliance of WNY and the Matt Urban Center.
Donation boxes are also on site at Buffalo’s 5 Police Districts.
Mayor Brown stated, “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a National Day of Service that encourages people to volunteer and improve communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. I’m proud to honor his life and legacy by calling on the City of Good neighbors to support a special donation drive that will bring warmth and comfort to the most vulnerable people in our community. As we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of leadership, collaboration, progress, and service, I encourage everyone to get involved as a way to recognize and honor Dr. King’s memory, particularly during these challenging times as we continue to work together to recover from the COVID 19 global health pandemic.”
In addition to the clothing drive, Mayor Brown announced that he will honor a number of Buffalo residents during his annual MLK, Jr. Celebration at Buffalo City Hall. Due to the uptick in COVID cases, this year’s event will take place virtually during the Division of Citizen Services weekly Block Chat, scheduled for Friday, January 14th at noon. The link to connect is https://buffalony.webex.com/meet/citizenservices.
Participants can also join by phone:
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Mayor Brown also announced that, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, the top of Buffalo City Hall will be lit in ‘Gold’ on Monday, January 17th.