BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Shane Paul's heart is in Buffalo.
"I love this city," Paul said. "I can't really imagine trying to start a life anywhere else."
This City is his home and before COVID-19, he was spending his days as a barista. Now, he's a volunteer and is ready to assist his neighbors in their time of need.
"I'm just very happy that I found a way that I can serve the people in my communities," he said.
Paul is part of a delivery service called Queen City Couriers. They've collaborated with PUSH Buffalo, GObike Buffalo, Feed Buffalo, Seeding Resilience, and Slow Roll Buffalo to bring food and supplies to those who need it most.
Each day begins with a trip to the grocery store for their clients. Then volunteers organize and separate everything in their office on Delaware Avenue. The lists come in, the groceries are packed up, and then it's time to get on the bike and head out to deliver.
Around five volunteers make multiple deliveries a day all around Buffalo and recently, they surpassed the 300 mark. In fact, the volunteers sometimes aggregate more than 200 miles on any given day. Each trip can weigh up to forty pounds between all of the groceries they're carrying.
It's a lot of work, but this is what Buffalo is all about. The deliveries are free, bringing true meaning to the City of Good Neighbors.
"I get a lot of thank you's and god bless you's," Paul said. "People will call me after I leave just to say thank you so much or they'll ask me to extend thank you's to other people for them. There's a lot of gratitude going around."
While Queen City Couriers are collaborating with non-profits, they're also offering their services to paying clients interested in a pickup or delivery. You can find more information on their website by clicking here.