Buffalo Bills staff members spent Wednesday morning volunteering in Amherst as part of United Way's Day of Caring where they helped pack 5,000 Emergency Care Kits.
Approximately 70 Bills staff members volunteered in United Way's Day of Caring, as well over over 2,000 other community members across the Buffalo area. Bills EVP/Chief Operating Officer Ron Raccuia, Eric County Executive Mark Poloncarz were on hand to take part in the volunteer event and share why the kits will have an enormous impact on the community.
"This is going to make a difference," Poloncarz said. "It could save somebody's life."
The Emergency Care Kits were packed with over a dozen essential items, including flashlights, water pouches, batteries, blankets, first aid kits and more. The care kits will be stored by Erie County and distributed in partnership with local nonprofit agencies in vulnerable neighborhoods across Erie County.
Poloncarz stated the pre-packed care kits will be essential for distribution in the winter time, should Buffalo face another blizzard similar to the one last December that left many people in need of basic household items.
"It's very important that those that are at risk have the ability by having Emergency Care Kits so that they can survive a very difficult situation," he said.
Scroll for the best photos of the Buffalo Bills Staff volunteering in the United Way Day of Caring on June 21, 2023. Bills staff members teamed up to put together 5,000 Emergency Care Kits as part of United Way's ongoing effort to increase emergency preparedness and community resilience in times of crisis.
The Buffalo Bills have had a long-standing partnership with United Way and were eager to contribute to the efforts for emergency preparedness in Buffalo.
"The Bills are extremely proud. We've had almost 50 years of partnership with the United Way," Raccuia said. "Together, we're in really good company here at the Buffalo Bills to be able to partner with our community in such a way that really will change lives forever."
For those in the community that want to continue helping United Way, there's still time to contribute to the Day of Caring Crowdfunding Campaign. Community members who contribute have a chance to win prizes such as a Bills T-Shirt, Sabres T-Shirt, Day of Caring keepsake, autographed memorabilia, and more.