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Thursday, February 1, 2018

NFTA Sponsors its first annual Sock & Glove Drive

Matt Urban Exec. Dir.
Marlies Wesolowski at Podium
A media event was held on January 31 at NFTA headquarters to kick-off its first annual Sock and Glove Drive to benefit individuals of homelessness through the Matt Urban Hope Center. Additional partners include the Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo Medical Campus. The drive will run through February 14, and all items donated will be distributed by the Matt Urban Hope Center.

“We can’t stress enough how important these types of events are to the Homeless,” said Marlies Wesolowski, Executive Director of the Matt Urban Center. “I wish to thank the NFTA, the Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo Medical Campus for their wonderful support, it will truly make a major difference in our community.”
NFTA Exec. Dir  Kim Minkel (left) and
Offcr. Dave Zarbo (center) with reps
from Matt Urban, BNMC and the Zoo
NFTA's Transit Police Officer Dave Zarbo has been a catalyst to moving this initiative forward. "It's something that many of us take for granted as we usually do not have to worry if we will have a clean pair of socks or something to keep our hands warm. Over the years, I have encountered numerous  homeless individuals who have experienced illnesses and shame because they cannot obtain these simple but extremely important items. Having all of these entities partner together to help those in need in our community is truly amazing."
Each year, it’s estimated that between 2.5 million and 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters,  transitional housing and public places not meant for human habitation, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.
The Sock and Glove Drive drop off locations are as follows:
    • Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive
    • Buffalo Zoo Main Gate Entrance, 300 Parkside
    • Buffalo Medical Campus - Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott Street
    • NFTA Transit Police, MTC 181 Ellicott Street or 1404 Main Street
    • NFTA Buffalo Airport Air Rescue and Firefighting Facility (Firehouse),
      120 Amherst Villa Rd. - Cheek.
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