A ‘Galentine’s Day’ event to help those in need

February 1, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Looking to spread a little love this Valentine’s Day? How about empowering the women of Hope Gardens? A couple of giving ladies are making it very easy for you – for us – to do so!

Two friends are getting together, to raise money, and awareness for a great cause by holding a Galentine’s Day celebration. Galentine’s Day is the Valentine’s Day alternative that celebrates female friendship. Stephanie Perry and Rebecca Decker hope to make self-care goody bags for 20 women who have overcome homelessness and now live at Hope Gardens in Buffalo.

Inside each bag – will be skincare, toiletry and personal relaxation items that the housing may not already have – but that everyone enjoys.

How awesome is that!

They are looking for financial sponsors and donations of self-care goods such as soaps, skin, nail, and hair-care products, relaxation aides and food treats in quantities of 20+ similar items. They are asking all Galentines to put $10 (the cost of a cocktail!) toward this project.

Then – the fun happens. On Friday, February 10, they’ll  celebrate with some serious crafting to make the goody bags as awesome as they can be. Huddle on Hertel has donated their space so that sponsors of this project can get together to help assemble bags and enjoy some snacks!

When: Friday, Feb 10 from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Huddle on Hertel, 1209 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo

For more information on how to help – visit the Facebook event page. 

Thank you to Stephanie and Rebecca for reminding us that we can all make a difference in this world!!


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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    Mary, I’m not clear — do you want monetary donations, i.e. the $10 you mentioned, or the goods/products? And do you need volunteers to put the packages together, or are Stephanie and Rebecca doing it alone?

    Thank you for any clarification you can offer.

  2. Mary Friona

    Hi! any donation – monetary or goods/products and yes, the party on the 10th is to put everything together! Sorry if that wasn’t clear!! The events page has more info!!! 🙂 Thank you!

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