BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Toys and food were distributed Saturday afternoon to hundreds of families in need by the "homeless pastor" from the Buffalo Dream Center and many others.
Reverend Eric Johns, also known as the "homeless pastor" , along with hundreds of volunteers from the local area, across the U. S. as well as Canada participated in this distribution hosted by Boxes of Love.
Rev. Eric says"Every year it seems the need is greater, families, they're working, they live in a house, they're paying their bills, but they're just struggling with certain things so this might not provide everything they need for Christmas but it gives some families help, that are eligible for the program, and so we're more than happy to help out the families."
Boxes of Love held the distribution at its largest site yet, in Buffalo poorest neighborhood at the Belle Center on Maryland Street.
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Boxed of Love is a Christmas campaign that set a goal of giving food to more than 3,000 families and toys to 5,000 children this holiday season.
It continues next week with distributions scheduled in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, and Amherst. They are still in need of new, unwrapped toys, and turkeys.
For more information on Boxes of Love or the Buffalo Dream Center, log onto their website at http://www.buffalodreamcenter.org/.
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