On Friday, Dec. 18, The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of WNY visited St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral's newly added "Garden of Warmth."
"Bishop Bill" added his donation of winter clothing to the trellis.
Since the Garden of Warmth was added to the corner of Main and Church streets behind Buffalo's Homeless Jesus, numerous people have stopped to take what they need to keep them warm. A sign invites those sleeping in Cathedral Park or simply passing by to "Take What You Need." Many people have called this small act of compassion a blessing.
One Buffalo resident happened to stop at the "Garden of Warmth" on her way to the bus stop when Bishop Bill was hanging items. She had just taken in three foster children and was in need of a few winter items for the kids. Bishop Bill gave the grateful foster mother some gloves and a blanket. She was heard saying that "it was really nice to have a spot near the bus stop to get a few warm things."
Another visitor earlier in the week remarked that "Christmas had come early" for her because she had been able to find a pair of winter boots in the Garden of Warmth.
St. Paul's Cathedral has taken in numerous bags of winter gear from parishioners and the community, and more bags arrive daily. Donations are still being accepted, but the Cathedral kindly requests cold weather items only. These items include mittens, gloves, wool socks, hats, scarves, boots and coats.
Donations may be dropped off at the Cathedral Offices at 4 Cathedral Park between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.