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'Tis the season of giving in WNY: Buffalo Dream Center

Organization hands out one-millionth pound of food, plus pastor to spend 23rd year with homeless.
Posted at 9:20 PM, Nov 20, 2021

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — The season of giving is in full swing here in Western New York, and one local organization is celebrating a very special milestone this year.

Volunteers from the Buffalo Dream Center handed out their one-millionth pound of food during this COVID-19 pandemic Saturday, November 20th.

That food went to a deserving family during a giveaway at Firemen's Park at the corner of Ellicott and North Division Streets here in Buffalo. Full Thanksgiving meals - hot and ready - were given out at the park, one frequented by the homeless living in Downtown Buffalo.

"It's the place we all come together. Where there is food, warm hugs, and church for those who want it. We are just here to help everyone as much as we can," said Pastor Eric Johns, who runs the Buffalo Dream Center.

The Buffalo Dream Center is run by Pastor Eric Johns, who also kicked off a holiday tradition Saturday afternoon.

This is Pastor Johns' 23rd year living among the homeless during the holidays.

"Its a part of my life, and one I'll never forget. Getting to know these people, hearing their stories, feeling the way that they feel, it just means the world to me and my family. Plus, it lets me help more during the holiday season," said Johns.

Here is his powerful message to the public on Saturday, November 27th. It was his final day with the homeless:

That event raises money for Boxes of Love, which will serve an additional 3,000 families this holiday season.

After completing his work on the streets, Pastor Eric was on the scene helping hundreds of volunteers pack bags for his program. Boxes of Love provides food for hungry families, but also toys for children during the holiday season. The website will offer options for both donations and applications to receive donations - but Pastor Eric says the biggest need is nonperishable food and toys for children 0-2.