Mayor Brown launches city-wide efforts to help Houston! Here’s what you can do!

September 2, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Mayor Byron W. Brown is urging Buffalo residents to participate in a city-wide donation initiative to aid persons impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“As the City of Good Neighbors, we understand the importance of helping out those in need. Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas, particularly the residents of Houston, need our help and we are honored to lend a hand,” Mayor Brown said. “Basic personal care and back-to-school items are badly needed and will be much-appreciated by so many who have lost so much to Hurricane Harvey. I have no doubt Buffalo residents will open their hearts and wallets to purchase and donate these basic necessities.”

The list of requested 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, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, True Bethel Baptist Church will establish drop-off points around the City for the donated goods. Starting with City Hall, True Bethel, at 907 E. Ferry St. and the Salvation Army headquarters, at 960 Main Street. Donations will be accepted starting Tuesday, Sept. 5th

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

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.  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,” Council President Pridgen said.

The Salvation Army considers the City of Buffalo a valued partner and we are blessed to have this opportunity to work with Mayor Brown and Council President Pridgen to help the citizens of Texas,” said Major Tom Applin, of the Salvation Army of Buffalo.

You can find more information on the City of Buffalo website



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