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Undies Sunday Thank You - March 2019
Jonathan Beckman, Community Mission of Niagara Falls; Susan Falbo, events and volunteer manager at the mission and Rev. Mark Breese, agency minister.
Our homeless neighbors in Western New York are a bit warmer these days because of the wonderful, generous people of Grand Island. Hundreds of pairs of socks and underclothing, plus cash, were donated to the recent Rotary Club of Grand Island’s annual Undie Sunday promotion.
Rotary Club of Grand Island members sort through the multitude of donations to Undie Sunday. From left Richard Earne, club president and members Sherry Miller and Mike Billoni, Faye Teluk, chair, Undie Sunday and Dan Flair, treasurer.
The less fortunate clients of Buffalo City Mission, Harbor House, St Luke’s Mission of Mercy and The Community Mission of Niagara Falls were the beneficiaries of these donations and they were extremely grateful for these much-needed gifts. On behalf of all of them, we say “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You” to our generous neighbors and to the churches and businesses who collected the items. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop
Rotary Undie Sunday Has Additional Drop-Off Sites - February 2019
Yusuf Mojawalla making a donation at his family’s Island Ship Center.The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island’s Undie Sunday has added three additional donation locations, announced a busy opening weekend for donations and a Buffalo television station will broadcast live on Monday from Momma De’s Bakery & Café on Whitehave Road to promote this important cause.
Donations of new and unused underclothing and socks for homeless men, women and children in Western New York may be placed in the hampers at the following churches through February 24 at the following Grand Island churches: Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd.; Bible Presbyterian, 1650 Love Rd.; Island Presbyterian, 1822 Huth Rd.; CrossRiver Church, 2920 Grand Island Blvd.; St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd.; St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd.; St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Rd.
In addition, donations may also be placed in the hampers at Ace Hardware, 1889 Whitehaven Rd; Grand Island Library, 1715 Bedell Rd; Heron Pointe, 1993 Grand Island Blvd.; Island Pharmacy, 1728 Grand Island Blvd.; Island Ship Center and Momma D’s Bakery & Café, 1879 Whitehaven Rd.; KeyBank, 2180 Grand Island Blvd.; M&T Bank, 2381 Grand Island Blvd.; Northwest Savings Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd; Tops Friendly Markets, 2140 Grand Island Blvd.; lobby of Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd.
"We are extremely pleased with the number of donations we have seen after our opening weekend. With it being so cold, these donations are much needed by the homeless,” said Faye Teluk, Chair of the Rotary Club of Grand Island’s Undie Sunday committee. The donations will be sorted on February 25 before being delivered to the Buffalo City Mission, Community Mission of Niagara Falls, Harbor House and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.
Spectrum News (Ch. 9 on Spectrum Cable) will conduct live interviews with Rotary Club of Grand Island members and town residents about this important promotion on Monday, Feb. 18 from 5:15 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. at Momma De’s Bakery & Cafe, 1879 Whitehaven Rd.
Undie Sunday has impressed Yusuf Mojawalla, 19, the manager of his family’s Island Ship Center on Whitehaven Road to the point he has promoted it heavily on his and the company’s social media network. “We love this promotion because it allows us to make a donation of an item we do not think much about. But, for the homeless in our community, they are so appreciative to receive new, clean socks and undergarments. Our customers were so happy to see the hamper in our store and they all said they were going shopping for these important items.
“Our family prides itself on giving back to our community,” explained Yusuf, a Grand Island High School graduate, former President of its DECA program and current freshman at Medaille College who says he follows JFK’s famous message, "Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
Helping others in the community is the culture his parents, Fahim and Seema have instilled into the staff at Island Ship Center over the past 14 years. Each fall, on Veteran’s Day, they work with the DeGlopper Post of the American Legion on Grand Island Blvd. to collect all types of essential gifts for local residents serving our country as active duty military. Volunteers help sort the donations, pack and address the boxes before they are shipped to each of the hometown military, who are pleasantly surprised when they open the huge care package from their neighbors back home on Grand Island. For more information on Undie Sunday, visit www.rotaryclubgi.org or call 716.863.2577.
Rotary Undie Sunday For Two Whole Weeks - February 2019
Pictured from left: Grand Island Rotary Club member Michael J. Billoni; Richard Earne, Club President; Dan Flaim, Treasurer; Faye Teluk, Undie Sunday Chairperson; member Kyle Clayton.The timing of this year’s Rotary Club of Grand Island’s Undie Sunday to benefit the homeless in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and surrounding areas is ideal considering the recent below zero temperatures during the Blizzard of 2019. Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 10 and concluding on Sunday, Feb. 24 Island residents are encouraged to donate the basic needs of new and unused underclothing and socks for homeless men, women and children.
Donations may be placed in the hampers at the following churches on Grand Island: Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd.; Bible Presbyterian, 1650 Love Rd.; Island Presbyterian, 1822 Huth Rd.; St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd.; St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd.; St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Rd.
In addition, donations may also be placed in the hampers at Ace Hardware, 1889 Whitehaven Rd; Grand Island Library, 1715 Bedell Rd; Island Pharmacy, 1728 Grand Island Blvd.; Island Ship Center and Momma D’s Bakery & Café, 1879 Whitehaven Rd.; KeyBank, 2180 Grand Island Blvd.; M&T Bank, 2381 Grand Island Blvd.; Northwest Savings Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd; Tops Friendly Markets, 2140 Grand Island Blvd.; lobby of Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd.
"We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the Grand Island residents who donate to this extremely important program. These items provide a personal dignity, comfort and warmth for the homeless in our community," said Faye Teluk, Chair of the Rotary Club of Grand Island’s Undie Sunday committee.
The committee commended Tops Friendly Markets and Niagara Frontier Publications for providing the advertisement in the Island Dispatch, Island Ship Center for donating posters and Popular Graphics for creating the banner which will be posted on the Town sign at Whitehaven and Grand Island Blvd. The donations will be sorted on February 25 before being delivered to the Buffalo City Mission, Community Mission of Niagara Falls, Harbor House and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. For more information, visit www.rotaryclubgi.org or call 716.863.2577.
Rotary Undie Sunday For a Whole Week - February 2018
From February 10 to 18th, we hope you will consider donating NEW underwear and socks in the HAMPERS placed in churches, schools, Tops, Town Hall and the Grand Island Memorial Library. G I Rotary will get them to Buffalo City Mission, and Cornerstone Manor, their shelter for battered women, to allow the homeless and battered, a chance at fresh things as winter drags on in Western NY. Flyer.
Rotary Club Volunteers at Gus Macker - June 2017
Members of the Grand Island Rotary Club staffed the Gus Macker registration tent, checking in over 800 basketball players over Gus Macker weekend. The Rotary support allowed players to smoothly collect their player shirts, gym bags, bracelets and court assignments.
Rotary Club Week Long Undie Sunday - February 2017
Be on the look out for the Undie Sunday hamper.
Help the homeless and abused between Feb 5 -12th by bringing new, unused underwear and sock packages to bins set up in Grand Island schools, churches, Top's Market, County Library and Town Hall.
The Rotary Club is sponsoring Undie Sunday for a Whole Week! Packages for men, women and children are welcomed and needed. GI Rotarians will take them to City Mission of Buffalo and St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. Please help the homeless, the abused and the under-privileged with NEW underwear, that means so much. Rotarian Kerri Nowak, Principal of Huth Rd School is heading up this program. She and other Rotarians will see to it that those near the bottom get some help!
Principal Kerri Nowak with students.
Grand Island Rotary March Meeting - March 2016The GI Rotary Club dinner meeting is Wednesday, March 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Buffalo Launch Club. Guest speaker is Supervisor Nate McMurray, sharing his agenda for Grand Island. If you would like to attend, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday night, March 8th. Dinner is $20 per person.
Grand Island Rotary Art Auction - October 2015The Grand Island Rotary is sponsoring an Art Auction on Saturday, October 24th at Byblos Niagara Resort beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and includes Hors D'oeuvres, dessert and beverages. A cash bar is available. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. See flyer for details. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Student Scholarship and activities funds. Tickets can be purchased either at the GI Key Bank Branch or by contacting Richard Earne at 773-6346.
This is a great opportunity not only to acquire nice pieces of art at very reasonable prices, and in all price ranges, but also to support a worthwhile cause. The starting bids on the art offered is usually around 1/3 the price you would pay for the same thing at traditional art galleries. Opening bids can start as low as $25 and are in a wide price range to suit everyone's tastes. So, not only do you save on the art for yourself, but a portion of the proceeds goes towards the Rotary's Scholarship fund. Great for the purchaser and great for the students.