The Buffalo Bills, Salvation Army and M&T Bank are encouraging fans to help the less fortunate in Western New York this winter season by participating in the 2011 Gift of Warmth Collection that will take place at the Bills vs. New York Jets game on Sunday, November 6, 2011.
New warm clothing (especially gloves) and monetary donations will be collected at the Ralph Wilson Stadium gates before the 1:00 p.m. game. Those not able to donate at the game are encouraged to donate at any M&T Bank branch throughout the Buffalo region beginning November 28, 2011 through December 30, 2011.
Since 1884, the Salvation Army has been a vital link within Western New York's human services network. They provide individuals, regardless of age, gender, education, ethnicity or religion with food, clothing and shelter, as well as social and spiritual support. The mission of The Salvation Army – Buffalo Area Services is to offer hope for a better life by meeting basic human needs.
Also, the Salvation Army has now begun "Online Red Kettles" so if anyone would like to donate to their local Salvation Army they can go to www.onlineredkettle.org/teambuffalo to donate there.
M&T Bank is the official banking partner of the Bills and is celebrating their 26th Anniversary as a proud sponsor of the Gift of Warmth program.
*M&T Bank Corporation, founded in 1856, is one of the top 20 commercial bank holding companies in the nation, with more than $68 billion in assets and more than 725 retail and commercial branch offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Ontario, Canada. More information is available at www.mtb.com.*
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly, 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.