Concerning an Immediate Need, Grassroots, Inc. Concludes Clothing Drive for Refugee/Asylum Seeker Community

November 13, 2016

Grassroots, Inc. Concludes Clothing Drive

for Refugee/Asylum Seeker Community

A clothing drive concludes with distribution to Vive La Casa organization and residents for the population of refugees/Asylum Seeker located in Buffalo during the winter months.


With members of the community donations, Grassroots, Inc. received a great number of coats, clothes, and winter attire for Vive, Inc.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Grassroots, Inc. is concluding a two-week winter clothing drive, fulfilled by members of the organization and the community at large to serve the refugee/Asylum Seeker community currently residing in Buffalo. An Asylum Seeker is someone who leaves their own country, due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a social group or political opinion, and who travels to another country hoping that the government will protect them and allow them to live there.


Asylum-seeking and refugee community resides in Buffalo due to the closeness to the Canadian border, affordable housing, and an already vibrant refugee community. Because of this, Buffalo receives a significant number of asylum seekers.


Distribution happened at 339 Genesee St at Grassroots, Inc. headquarters. Grassroots chairman Willie Morris expresses the importance of the drive by saying, “With the cold winters we have in Buffalo, we wanted to make sure that ALL people residing in the city of Buffalo have the proper clothing to stay warm through this season.” Chairman Morris is also very grateful for the donations received from within the Grassroots organization and the community at large.


Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, who partnered with Grassroots and Vive on this endeavor says, “The refugee community is one of the most diverse but fragile communities in Buffalo. It is our responsibility to make their transition to this city and country a smooth one.” She continues, “If we all help each other, then together we can build a better Buffalo.”



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