Agencies serve Thanksgiving meals for needy
The city of Buffalo has the unfortunate ranking as the third poorest city in the nation based on census figures and other reports. So on Thanksgiving, the agencies which offer meals to the needy are once again opening their doors to many and providing those meals with an army of volunteers.
Sister Johnice of the Response to Love Center says they are seeing more of the elderly and the working poor coming to them for help. And while donations are a bit less, people still make sure they give what they can.
It is a similar situation for the Salvation Army and City Mission in Buffalo. City Mission Executive Director Stuart Harper says his agency has actually seen about 24 percent more people in need this year. They served about 2,200 meals two years ago but on this Thanksgiving the count is up to 3,600 meals.
But to match that greater demand, there is a greater sense of giving. Harper says the number of donors for the City Mission is actually up this year along with the average amount of those donations.
And many people give of their time as well as their monetary donations. People like Jim Raczkowski, Jane Moskal, and even ten year old Aaron come back year after year to volunteer to help serve the Thanksgiving meal.
As Harper puts it: "Our goal is to never turn anybody away and provide a meal for everybody that comes to our door. And our giving community allows us to do that with donations. So even though we all have a little less in our wallets today, this community continues to give."