Five years ago, Christine Provenzano escaped an abusive relationship, and lived in her car.  She knows first-hand how living on the streets is.  After going through an awful time, she knew she had a mission:  to pay it forward.

Five years later, she's celebrating her 5th anniversary of running "Blankets for the Homeless, Buffalo", and your help is needed!

On Friday, December 2nd, Christine and the other volunteers will be collecting items to be distributed in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.  The collection will be held at Kenney Field in Tonawanda from 6p-9p. (Visit the event page here).

Items needed include new or gently-used (for men, women and children) :

  • jackets
  • blankets
  • hats
  • gloves
  • scarves
  • socks
  • "Blessing Bags"

What's a blessing bag?  A gallon-sized zip-lock bag with random items most of us take for granted:  toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water, deodorant, soap, and other trial-sized items, and feminine products for women's bags. Last year, volunteers included Christmas cards and information on where the recipient could find further help.

I spoke with one of the organizers, Shanelle, earlier this morning.  She says the items will be distributed the following day, and they "hit the streets" first, before then bringing items to city missions, shelters, and other facilities.

Shanelle also mentioned that it's great for your high-schoolers to get involved, as they can earn community service hours for school.  Please note: children are not allowed to participate, but teens needing the community service hours are encouraged.

For more info, please visit the Facebook events page, or contact Shanelle at (716) 417-8875.  She's also offered her email: