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Reaching out to a community in need

“Humanity at its best"
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Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-25 18:10:13-04

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — “We are actually responding to the needs of the people,” declared Lenny Lane, F.A.T.H.E.R’S and Buffalo Peacemakers. “Humanity at its best.”

A special cookout and giveaway event is being held on Broadway in the City of Buffalo between Miller and Titus.

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Community members line up at cookout on Broadway.

Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.’S along with the Buffalo Peacemakers and other organizations and businesses are hosting the event — giving out food, clothing, school supplies and book bags.

The organizations say in 20-years, this is their most “daunting task” to help one of the poorest sections of Buffalo.

In the Broadway community the average household income is only about $17,000. That's about half the amount in the city as a whole and when you take a closer look at the number of people below the poverty line — its nearly double the rate in all of Buffalo.

A diverse mix of those living in the Broadway neighbor between memorial drive and bailey lined up to receive a variety of items — from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing, book bags and shoes.

“What are we giving away —everything but the kitchen sink and if we had that — we’d give that to because we know there's some families out that doesn't even have a sink or refrigerator,” noted Lane.

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Lenny Lane, F.A.T.H.E.R’S and Buffalo Peacemakers.

Lane says he's never seen so much need in this community.

“But a lot of these people can’t make it to downtown — a lot of these people can’t make it two miles away a lot of people can’t make it to the Tops market, which is two miles away — this is a desert out here,” replied Lane. “Some of the people don't have anything to wear. We were on the corner just a couple of days ago —one of the ladies come up with no clothes — she didn't have no clothes to wear."

Lane says its the worst he has ever witness in 20-years — a combination of homelessness, crime, drugs, kids wandering and some feeling hopeless.

“Most of the stuff that be going on over here — you really don't get no assistance — so we need more help,” remarked Ali Mcoy, resident.

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Ali Mcoy, resident.

“They worry about Tonawanda, Amherst Cheektowaga — what about Buffalo - Broadway,” Mcoy remarked.

“What would your solution be?” Buckley asked. “My solution that they need to put more security out here — more security — more community-wide stuff like that,” replied Mcoy.

Mcoy lives in the Broadway neighborhood with his wife and two children.

“It’s really a good place but we just got lack of attention and there’s a lot of young people around here with no attention,” Mcoy reflected.

Nancy Rivera came with her two daughters to pick up food, book bags and enjoy cookout hotdogs.

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Nancy Rivera, resident.

“We’re trying to survive and we're thankful for all the help,” Rivera said.

“What is your fear and concerns?” Buckley questioned. “Right now — the pandemic,” responded Rivera.

Rivera's solution to help ease some of the poverty burden in her neighborhood.

“I would say help with finding more jobs — so that we can all unite and not have to struggle,” Rivera said.