Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

BUNDLE UP — If you want to help keep Buffalo families a little warmer this season, make sure you stop by Jericho Road Community Health Center’s annual winter outerwear distribution next week.

Bundle Up Buffalo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of Hope, 18 Greenwood Place. The goal of the event is to provide new or gently used winter coats, mittens and gloves, scarves, hats, boots and blankets to families in Buffalo who might need them.

Sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, sneakers or undergarments will not be collected.

According to the Jericho Road Community Health Center, the need is particularly great for the resettled refugee communities in Buffalo who often come from much warmer climates and might not be prepared for Western New York’s winters.

The first Bundle Up Buffalo was held in 2010 and was organized by then-AmeriCorps member Krista Schwartzott, who saw the need for outerwear among the refugee clients of the Hope Refugee Drop-In Center. Through the event, around 500 people were provided with some form of winter wear last year.

Outerwear donation drop-offs will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-20, at the Loretto Ministry Center, 301 14th St. in Buffalo.

Volunteers are needed for sorting and organizing donations from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and for assisting with distribution from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

To volunteer at the event, contact Mary Schaefer at 348-3000, ext. 405, or mary.schaefer@jrchc.org. Individuals can sign up online at www.jrchc.org/help/events/.

Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase items of greatest need.

ELECTION POLICY — Bee Group Newspapers will publish profiles of candidates running in contested races for elective office in the editions of Nov. 1 and 2. Our longstanding policy is that no letters to the editor, Bee Heard comments or political briefs concerning candidates or the election in general will be published the week before the election. The last week for publication of letters to the editor, Bee Heard comments or political briefs related to candidates or parties in the fall election will be Oct. 25 and 26. The deadline for those editions is Friday, Oct. 20.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS NEEDED — If you have an interest in taking photographs of news or sports events for one of our nine papers, we’re looking for you. Experience is preferred.

All interested parties should email five to six samples of items The Bee would run, such as school concerts and events, community forums, business openings and athletics, to dsherman@beenews.com.

All applicants should have a digital SLR camera.

TRICK-OR-TREATING — Little ghouls and goblins will have the opportunity to collect as much candy as they can in the neighborhood, with communities offering trick-or-treating nights. The Town of Lancaster and villages of Depew and Lancaster will allow trick or treating from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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