Community Comes Together to Help Stock Parent/Patient Lounges at Oishei Children’s Hospital

May 1, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani


We have been stocking the cupboards about once a month now since the beginning of the year. We went again today to find the cupboards empty again. We will now be going once every 3 weeks – we can not let them empty again! Please help by clicking the amazon wish list at the bottom of this page and help us give these children and families this simple gift – snacks, drinks, coffee and food.  THANK YOU!


We can’t thank you enough.

We put the word out and the community – as they always do – stepped up! Last month, the charity arm of this blog, Totally Buffalo’s Hope for the Holidays, delivered Valentine’s Day Care Bags to the patients on the Oncology floor at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

While there, we also brought some food and snacks for the parent/patient lounge – a small area on the floor where patients and their families can grab a snack or drink, free of charge, whenever they want.  This means quite a bit to the child and the families as you can imagine.

These lounges are not stocked by the hospital.

The lounge cupboards were empty.  Totally empty.

So we made it our mission to keep them stocked. Not just the Oncology floor – all of the floors. We put the word out to the community by sharing an Amazon Wish List of needed items. Boy did the community come through. We received SO MUCH FOOD.

We divided it up, boxed it up and today, we made the delivery.


We brought more than enough food to stock the lounges on the oncology, medical, surgery and ICU floors.  The cupboards went from EMPTY to FULL!!!



We brought the rest to The Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo where they will provide it to families there!  We will have more soon on the work they do there – and how we can help them even more!! (Watch for that to come!)



It’s amazing what can happen when we come together to make a difference. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!! We will continue to stock the shelves – here is a link to the wish list if you would like to help! 


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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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