‘Celebrate Buffalo’ event unfairly labeled a disruption
I am mystified by the July 6 letter, written by a young father, against “Celebrate Buffalo!” When I attended the event it was done by approximately 9 p.m. People quietly lined up for groceries, while very loud cars made noise and rowdy teens were screaming out their car windows. Not a quiet street.
No matter your spiritual beliefs, Eric and Michelle Johns of the Buffalo Dream Center deserve more than that from any Western New Yorker. They have been providing countless meals for impoverished families and countless toys for children, and even more notable is their caring for the homeless. At the event in question, Celebrate Buffalo alone provided 1,300 bags of groceries to needy families, children’s clothes, activities and prizes. In that situation there wasn’t one offering taken.
Buffalo is on the rise, a great spot to be for many; unfortunately not for everyone. Let’s hope our neighbor on Albany Street never needs to stand in line to feed his kids. Many Western New Yorkers need the services of the Dream Center’s mobile food pantries and are very grateful for the programs for their kids. Eric Johns and Michelle Johns are not just ministers, they are heroes. Champions who provide for Buffalo’s homeless, lost and least in our area. I’m thinking the writer’s lack of concern for fellow human beings is not in line with the city of good neighbors he touts.
Mark P. Lazzara