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Letter: Salvation Army is doing critical work in Buffalo

Salvation Army is doing critical work in Buffalo

I coach the 16-and-under boys summer basketball team at the Salvation Army in downtown Buffalo. One of my players was shot on Aug. 1. He was just walking down the street with his brother and got hit by a stray bullet. Fortunately, it only grazed his inner thigh. He went to the hospital and got bandaged up, and actually played a few minutes in our game the next night.

Incidents like this heighten the sense of urgency in Lt. Raymond Arocho’s mission at the Salvation Army to reach out to our inner-city youth. His programs attempt to counter the culture of gun violence through sports, with an emphasis on core values and character development. Kudos to this fine organization, located on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, and the good work it is doing in our community.

Paul McCarthy

East Amherst

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