Sears in McKinley Mall is now the official store for the Rotary Club’s Warm the Children program.
For the next three months, families who have been referred by local schools, churches and human service agencies will shop at Sears for new, warm winter clothing, paid for by donors.
“It’s really neighbors helping neighbors, in a sense,” according to Rotary member Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates the program, with assistance from volunteer shoppers.
All donations to Warm the Children go toward the purchase of new clothing. Administrative tasks are done by the Rotary Club in partnership with the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and Evans Bank.
Sears staff will be made aware of the Warm the Children program over the next several weeks, as schools, churches and human service agencies begin sending referrals to families in need. Shopping is expected to begin in mid October .
Donations can be made to the sending a check payable to Warm the Children to Evans Bank, 5999 South Park Avenue. Participants must live in Hamburg or the surrounding Southtowns and be referred through participating churches, schools or agencies.
• The Town Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1 followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room in Town Hall, 6100 S. Park Ave.
• The Blasdell Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Shops at Lake Avenue, which is the former Hills Plaza at 4271 Lake Ave.
• The Hamburg Village Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave.
• The Hamburg Village Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
• The Hamburg Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the village municipal parking lot, with entrances on Main and Union streets. There will be music in Peace Park, across from the Palace Theater, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• “Haunted Hamburg” walks start at 7 p.m. at Main Street Ice Cream, 35 Main St., Saturday and continue Saturday nights through Halloween. More information is at www.paranormalwalks.com.
• Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be part of the Leaders of Western New York lunch series presented by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 S. Park Ave.
• The town Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services is accepting registration for its adaptive open gym program that will take place Saturdays, from Oct. 17 through June 11, at the Senior Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.
The program consists of one-hour sessions for two different groups who meet at separate times according to age and abilities. For more information, call 646-0665.