With temperatures in the Buffalo area dropping to freezing lows and the ground turning whiter by the day, Bills cornerback Jabari Greer is doing his best to fend off the struggles faced by the less fortunate in Buffalo.
Greer teamed up with M&T Bank and the Salvation Army to combat the cold by signing autographs Tuesday to kick off the annual 'Gift of Warmth' Collection Program.
This Sunday, new warm clothing and monetary donations will be collected at all Ralph Wilson Stadium gates before the 1pm game against the New York Jets. The Bills, M&T Bank and the Salvation Army encourage all Bills fans to help those left in the cold this winter.
In addition, those who cannot make it to Sunday's game are encouraged to donate to any M&T Bank location in the Buffalo and Rochester area and Empire Vision locations.
"You can come to any M&T Bank location and they have these drop boxes where you can bring hats, scarves, mittens, coats or anything that would help keep someone warm throughout the winter," Greer said. "Buffalo... its cold."
Greer said with so many people in need combined with the chilly Buffalo weather, he's inspired to make a change for the better and highlights just how important the annual event is.
"Just the weather that's up here makes you appreciate how important this Gift of Warmth drive is," Greer said. "Knowing that there are people out here in need of this clothing just to survive the weather that Buffalo brings it really touches my heart."
The mission of the Buffalo Area Salvation Army is to offer hope for a better life for those in need.
For the fifth year Tennessee grad, that hope is what drives him to be a volunteer in the truest sense of the word.
"It was an easy decision for me to come to the aid of this cause," Greer said. "It's not about how much money you can raise, it's about survival."