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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sock & Glove Drive Rocks

NFTA Exec. Dir Kim Minkel and Officer Dave Zarbo (center)
with representatives from Matt Urban, the Buffalo Zoo,
and Leadership Buffalo
On January 31, the NFTA's Executive Director Kim Minkel announced that it would be hosting a Sock & Glove Drive to benefit the Matt Urban Hope Center and individuals enduring homelessness.

In addition to placing donation bins at all business locations authority-wide, the NFTA worked with some amazing corporate partners which included the following:  The Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Medical Campus, Leadership Buffalo, Ingram Micro, United Uniforms, Philip D Smith & Associates and the TAPD Teamsters..  

NFTA Transit Officer E. Justinger getting some help
from Dallas, the Seal, at the Buffalo Zoo
NFTA Transit Police Officer Dave Zarbo, who helped manage the drive said: "It was so amazing to see everything that was collected.  Everyday there are people living on the streets in need of new socks and warm gloves.  Most of us never have to worry about something that seems so simple, but people who are homeless do not have this luxury.  I couldn't be more grateful to each and every person who donated to this great cause, and I know that this collection is going to help a lot of people in need." 

The drive concluded on February 14, Valentine's Day - which is recognized as Socks for the Homeless Day in New York State.  The initial goal was to collect approximately 2,000 items to which was well exceeded with an estimated 6,000 pieces. 

Thank you to everyone who supported this great cause -we look forward to doing it again next year!