As President of D’Youville College’s sophomore honor society, Lambda Sigma, I am proud to announce that we will be once again hosting our very successful “Shirt Off Your Back” Clothing Drive from Tuesday, March 30th to Thursday, April 2nd.
Along with Psychology Club and SNA, we are going to strive and make this year’s event bigger and better than last year’s! For those of you that don’t know how the drive works, it’s simple: Donate three gently used articles of clothing, and get a free shirt!
Where do the donations go?
All clothing will be donated to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, a non-profit charitable organization located on Walden Ave in Downtown Buffalo. Since 1994, St. Luke’s has had a proud tradition of caring for the poor and the sick, most often through their “Code Blue” events, in order to provide a warm bed for the homeless on a cold night, and through offering clothing to those who need it.
What better way to carry on the spirit of Marguerite D’Youville than to help those in need?
A Brief History of St. Luke’s Mission
When the beautiful St. Luke’s parish closed down in 1993, many were distraught. Another old, beautiful church in the downtown area could no longer afford to operate, and so, it was seemingly doomed to become another skeleton of a building, left in disrepair until someone would pay to knock it down.
Edward Grosz, the then Bishop of the Buffalo Diocese, called upon two of his friends, Amy Betros and Norm Paolini, in order to let them know of the news. The two decided to go look at the church, and knew at once that it was perfect for the mission they had set out to achieve.
Amy ended up closing her restaurant, and Norm took an early retirement. Together, along with some donations, they were able to buy the entire church complex: the church itself, the convent, the rectory, and the school.
On August 1st, 1994, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy officially opened it’s doors, and has been running ever since.
This Year’s Event…
…Will be taking place on Tuesday March 30th, Wednesday April 1st, and Thursday April 2nd, from 8am to 4pm each day. There will be a table set up in Joan of Arc Hall (KAB) with attendants and the t-shirts!
Clean out that closet over spring break, and help those in need! All donations stay in the area, and directly benefit the City of Buffalo.