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2013-01-16 / Letters to the Editor

Community comes through yet again

The Brothers of Mercy community has participated in M&T Bank’s “Gift of Warmth” program for many years.

This friendly competition challenges senior care facilities to collect unused hats, mittens, scarves and gloves. They are given to the Salvation Army for distribution to anyone who needs them.

Each year, I count all the items donated on the Brothers of Mercy campus. There is always a wide assortment, ranging from expensive leather gloves to tiny mittens attached to one another with a cord so they’re not lost by a little snowman maker. Sometimes there are little notes attached – “25 handmade scarves, 12-12-12,” “God’s blessings” or simply “Stay warm!”

I have to admit, however, the items that touch my heart the most are the pieces that are handmade.

People in our community found the time to use their talent to construct something for someone they don’t even know. They obviously don’t expect a word of appreciation and are content just knowing they have made a difference. As I place items in huge bags for pickup, I can’t help but be impressed with the workmanship, gorgeous yarns and little touches that let the recipient know that each stitch was made with care.

This year, more than 350 items were donated. Is that enough to win the competition? I won’t know for several weeks. I do know, however, that I’m proud to be part of a community that demonstrates real caring. Thank you all.

Pam Kloc
Director of Marketing and
Public Relations
Brothers of Mercy

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