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Taking the holiday 'on' instead of 'off' for some Bank on Buffalo employees

Posted at 4:15 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 04:19:21-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A group of Western New Yorkers did something special to mark Martin Luther King Day; something that would help others in name of Dr. King.

While many people got to enjoy the holiday at home, nearly two-thirds of the workforce at Bank on Buffalo spent the day with members of the community throughout Western New York.

"In our case we certainly want to recognize Dr. King, but we want to work through this day and provide a value to the community," said Bank on Buffalo President Marty Griffith.

At the Explore & More Museum in downtown Buffalo, a handful of employees volunteered to help collect clothing items for Gerard Place.

"I think its just about coming together," said Bank on Buffalo volunteer Rochelle Brown. "That's what children and adults alike have been doing."

Brown has been with Bank on Buffalo for three years; she says for her, the holiday was about honoring the vision of Dr. King.

"[King] was about unity and freedom, and what better way to unify people than have interaction in different areas on different levels," Brown said. "You've got farming, cooking, mechanics, so we're honoring Dr. King's legacy."

Brown says even young children are learning about what Dr. King envisioned, whether they realize it, or not.

"Kids are coming in and they're curious and I'm watching everyone interact without prejudice, without thought, about what is this the right thing or not," Brown said. "They're just engaging everyone."

The Children's Museum will continue collecting donations for Gerard Place through the end of the week to donate, as Western New York finally welcomes winter.