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Rotary's "Undie Sunday" Clothing Collection - 2010The Rotary Club will be at Top's Market on Sunday, December 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Grand Island Rotary Club is conducting its annual “Undie Sunday” clothing collection, (new undergarments and socks). The men’s clothes received will be given to the Buffalo City Mission and the woman’s and children clothing will be given to Cornerstone Manor.
The Buffalo City Mission and its Cornerstone Manor division are privately funded Christian ministries that provide programs and services to meet the spiritual and educational needs of men, woman and children throughout Western New York. The facilities are located in one of the oldest residential sections in the City of Buffalo. The programs not only provide a work force but also provide day care and assist in developing personnel to meet the needs within the community. This is the 6th year that the Grand Island Rotary Club has conducted this worth while clothing drive.
Rotary will be distributing cardboard boxes the week of November 22nd to local churches. The pick up would be on Monday December 6th. This would give Rotary time to sort and distribute in time for delivery to the mission on December 16th which would be 8 days before Christmas.
The Grand Island Rotary Club thanks the Grand Island residents for their support. "We received and distributed over 500 pair of men’s socks and undergarments," Rotary member Gary Roesch said. "We also received over 100 garments for woman and children," he said.
Donations for men were given to the Buffalo City Mission on Tupper Street and Cornerstone Manor on North St. was the recipient of the woman’s and children’s clothing.
The Buffalo City Mission and its division Cornerstone Manor are privately funded Christian ministries that provide programs and services to meet the spiritual and educational needs of men, woman and children throughout Western New York. The facilities are located in one of the oldest residential sections in Buffalo. The programs not only provide a work force but also provide day care and assist in developing personal to meet the needs within the community.
Every year our community is asked to donate clothing to organizations collecting clothing for the needy. It takes different venues. Most often this is a call to help clothe those who are not able to give necessary clothing to their family to live in basic comfort. We rise to the occasion and donate sweaters, coats, shoes, socks and on and on. Grand Island is famous for their generosity.
Several years ago, the Grand Island Rotary Club visited the City Mission in Buffalo and had dinner with those who used the Mission. It was an experience few of us will forget. We had a meeting with Pastor Bob. He told us of the work of the Mission and how it operated. He showed us his collection of clothing to be distributed and explained the turnover that takes place. His work was inspiring.
The question was asked of Pastor Bob, "what do you need that you don’t have now?" His reply, with a smile, was underwear! It is the one item that is never donated to a charity. Think about it. It makes sense.
The project was put into place in 2004 in Memory of Pastor Bob, Buffalo City Mission, Who Served So Many So Well. The late Christine Ryshkus was actively involved with the project during her Rotary years. Her husband, Gene, and son, Aaron, became active with the collection after she passed away.