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2018-01-03 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
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HOLIDAY HEROES BLOOD DRIVE — More than 45 local firefighters and police officers will participate in Unyts’ Holiday Heroes campaign, helping to save lives during the most critical time of year for blood donations. The Clarence community will host a blood drive at the Clarence Public Library from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4.

Unyts is the primary supplier of blood and platelet products for Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties. All blood donated through Unyts remains in Western New York for local patients in need. In December alone, Unyts’ hospitals will require more than 3,000 units of blood for patient care, and support from the community is vital in helping to meet this demand.

The Holiday Heroes campaign is an opportunity to highlight the importance of donation, and a great way to give back during this season of giving.

Blood donation appointments for the Clarence community drive can be made at www.unyts.org/holiday heroes or by calling 512-7940. Walk-in donors are also welcome. The event will include opportunities to learn about organ, eye and tissue donation as well as to join the New York State Donate Life Registry.

BEDS FOR BUFFALO —Earlier this month, volunteers from Beds for Buffalo, powered by The Service Collaborative of WNY, delivered the first installment of 20 twin beds, mattresses and bedding for children in need at the Matt Urban Hope Center in Buffalo. Beds for Buffalo is a hands-on project that raises awareness and addresses the need of childhood poverty through the engagement of volunteers of every age and background.

In August, TSC launched Beds for Buffalo with a goal to build 100 beds for children. Since then, close to 250 volunteers from the community, student groups and corporate teams have produced 100-plus beds for children served by five community partners in Western New York. Volunteers have contributed more than 1,000 hours of service.

Led by TSC staff of highly trained craftsmen and Western New York YouthBuild students, volunteers were trained and supported to build quality children’s beds for those in need. Volunteers engaged in four distinct phases of the project, including lumber milling, painting, assembly and distribution.

Providing children with new beds will combat the epidemic of bedbugs, forcing families to replace all their beds and bedding at once, which is cost-prohibitive for most families living in poverty. TSC will continue to distribute the remainder of the beds to partner agencies who have been identified prior to the start of the project. These agencies will identify the children who will receive the beds through a caseworker referral process. For information about Beds for Buffalo, visit www.tscwny.org.

ABC BEL CANTO — ABC Bel Canto Choirs invites students from grades three through 12 to join them in song. There are openings in each of the three choirs. Students from throughout WNY are welcome. The choir has an open house planned on Thursday Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder. Tryouts will begin at 4:30 p.m. with grades three through six. For additional information, call 759-6428.

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