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Rotary Club of Grand Island's Undie Sunday adds donation locations

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Sat, Feb 16th 2019 07:05 am
Yusuf Mojawalla is shown making a donation at his family's Island Ship Center. (Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Grand Island)
Yusuf Mojawalla is shown making a donation at his family's Island Ship Center. (Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Grand Island)

Rotary Club officials extremely pleased with early donations

The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island’s Undie Sunday has added three additional donation locations.

Donations of new and unused underclothing and socks for homeless men, women and children in Western New York may be placed in the hampers through Feb. 24 at the following Grand Island churches: Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Road; Bible Presbyterian, 1650 Love Road; Island Presbyterian, 1822 Huth Road; CrossRiver Church, 2920 Grand Island Blvd.; St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road; St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road; St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road.

In addition, donations may also be placed in the hampers at Ace Hardware, 1889 Whitehaven Road; Grand Island Library, 1715 Bedell Road; Heron Pointe, 1993 Grand Island Blvd.; Island Pharmacy, 1728 Grand Island Blvd.; Island Ship Center and Momma D’s Bakery & Café, 1879 Whitehaven Road; KeyBank, 2180 Grand Island Blvd.; M&T Bank, 2381 Grand Island Blvd.; Northwest Savings Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd; Tops Friendly Markets, 2140 Grand Island Blvd.; and the lobby of Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

 “We are extremely pleased with the number of donations we have seen after our opening weekend. With it being so cold, these donations are much-needed by the homeless,” said Faye Teluk, chair of the Rotary Club of Grand Island’s Undie Sunday committee. The donations will be sorted on Feb. 25 before being delivered to the Buffalo City Mission, Community Mission of Niagara Falls, Harbor House and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

Undie Sunday has impressed Yusuf Mojawalla, 19, the manager of his family’s Island Ship Center on Whitehaven Road. He has promoted it heavily on his and the company’s social media networks.

“We love this promotion, because it allows us to make a donation of an item we do not think much about,” Mojawalla said. “But, for the homeless in our community, they are so appreciative to receive new, clean socks and undergarments. Our customers were so happy to see the hamper in our store, and they all said they were going shopping for these important items.

“Our family prides itself on giving back to our community,” explained Mojawalla, a Grand Island High School graduate, former president of the school’s DECA program, and current freshman at Medaille College. He said he follows JFK’s famous message: “Don’t ask what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Helping others in the community is the culture his parents, Fahim and Seema, have instilled into the staff at Island Ship Center over the past 14 years. Each fall, on Veteran’s Day, they work with the DeGlopper Post of the American Legion to collect all types of essential gifts for local residents serving this country as active duty military. Volunteers help sort the donations, pack and address the boxes before they are shipped to each of the hometown military members.

For more information on Undie Sunday, visit www.rotaryclubgi.org or call 716-863-2577.

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