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Rooted in love: a family's mission to carry on a grandmother's legacy

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 17:20:53-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It was nearly 5 years ago Tesha Parker started putting together an idea after her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia.

She said after losing some of her uncles, the family had started to drift apart and she wanted a way to bring everyone back together.

“This was not only to redeem myself for the person that I was, but to bring light to my grandmother.”

Rooted in Love, Inc. was brought to life just a year ago…the first event being held just two weeks after Parker’s grandmother died in November.

“I figured the best way to go about helping people would be having the items to help people.”

Parker and her family run a “store” of sorts out of her grandparent’s home.

The catch is…everything is free.

The bottom floor is filled with food items and fresh produce, the top floor has rooms filled with clothes for men, women, and children.

The way the food pantry is nearly disguised was done intentionally, as a way to provide some dignity for those in need who may want some anonymity.

This home on Rile street looks just like any other, and it’s mostly accessed via word of mouth.

It’s a non-profit — truly.

“Some of the clothes are donated, some of the food is donated, and some of the hygiene products, but everything else we purchase ourselves.”

Parker says she and her family members split the bills and cost of products and work full time jobs to do so.

In total it comes to about $1,000 each month.

Rooted in love serves the homeless community, seniors living on a fixed income, people who work daily but don’t qualify for benefits, and even teachers who are on a stretched budget during summer months.

“Most times, people leave with so much we’re usually giving rides.”

You can bring clothing donations each Saturday to 670 Riley Street, and if you’re looking to take advantage of their services you can set up an appointment to stop by during the week.

In total, since launching in November of 2018, Rooted in Love has helped over 1,265 people, said Parker.

Their next public event will be held September 14, check their Facebook page for more information.

Every firehouse in the City of Buffalo has a place you can donate items or they can help you get in contact with the Parkers to stop by.

The phone number is 716-602-9952