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November 2019 Newsletter


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On Our Hearts

It’s snowing today;

as we write to you on this November 7th, the first snow of the season is reminding us of what’s ahead. For Hearts’ it reminds us that the Holiday Season is very near. 

The phone is ringing with people wanting to do something special for those in need. People are knocking on our door or visiting the thrift shop with donations of food, clothing, warm winter wear and blankets to give to those we go out to feed daily downtown.

Western New Yorkers you have big hearts! The warmth from your hearts pours out into your donations, gifts, and volunteerism. Every pair of socks or gloves, food item, warm blanket, toiletry, or clothing that is shared by our Mobile Crews, someone was waiting for that very article you donated that day. Throughout the holidays, our volunteer teams, donors, and friends like you bring in holiday goodies that we distribute to those in our feeding lines. This really helps to keep their spirits up knowing that many people care about them.

Thank you for including the poor and homeless in your Holiday season. For the fourth year in a row, the generosity and hard work of Zion Dominion Global Outreach makes it possible for our poor and homeless clients to experience a Thanksgiving dinner, right out there on the streets, where Hearts serves at the downtown library. The clients love the opportunity to have turkey with all the trimmings.

The homeless and poor will be our guests again at this year’s annual Christmas Eve Dinner, a day of celebration, music, dinner, and more, put together especially for them. Hearts partners with the Buffalo Dream Center every year, who pick up the homeless and poor from 5 different locations and transport them by bus so they can enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner and celebration together with us.

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This Thanksgiving, we thank God for each one of you. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Here is the current list of items we collect during the winter months: Brand New or Gently Used – Warm Gloves, Thermal Socks, Face Masks, Hats, Boots, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Fleece or Flannel Shirts, Jackets Winter Coats, Blankets, and Sleeping Bags.

Do you have 2 hours available one night a week and interested in helping feed the homeless?

Email, call our office at 716-877-3536 or fill out an application online at

By donating, your support changes lives.


Talk from the Street & Heart

10/30: Served 74; large group, had just enough food for each person.

clients in back of bus

Support the homeless by donating to one of our red Donation Bins. Donations of clothing, shoes, blankets, and accessories can be made at one of our 400+ distinctive red bins. Your donations directly support the poor and homeless. While proceeds from our thrift store and recycling ministry are used to feed those in need and to maintain and expand our ministry. Use our Bin Finder below to find your nearest donation bin:

Bin Finder

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Thrift Shop News

Maria, our Thrift Shop Manager invites you to come into the store. She said we still have plenty of Christmas decor, gift ideas, and brand new items for your holiday shopping.

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Kathy in our Shoe Department said there is an abundance of boots in all types (warm winter, dress, everyday). Shoes too!

hearts for the homeless shoes and boots


And, we have other specials too!

Wall Art, Vintage House Wares, & House wares with pink or green tags 50% off

Bag of Hangers 2/$1.00

Panty Hose & Trouser Socks 5/$1.00

And, if you are interested in supporting us and want to do some shopping, but can’t make it to the store; you can shop from the comfort of your home on eBay at:

Catherine our eBay expert has been working hard to put items up. Currently, there are 277 items for sale.


Where to find Hearts for the Homeless’ Thrift Store

(click map for directions)

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