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Black Balloon Day event to remember lives lost to opioid epidemic


Fri, Mar 5th 2021 11:15 am

The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and its families and consumer support and advocacy group is coordinating activities for National Black Balloon Day (Saturday, March 6). The event began in 2016 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Erie County has participated each year.

Erie County’s Black Balloon Day event will begin at 4 p.m. via WebEx. Individuals who would like to participate are asked to pick up balloons from one of the following sites between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Edward A Rath Building
95 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202


Sparks of Hope Recovery Center
107 Main St.
Hamburg, NY 14075


It Takes A Community (ITAC)
Grace in the Community Church
11269 Broadway
Alden, NY 14004

Save the Michaels (Buffalo)
787 Delaware Ave., Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14209


Save the Michaels (Lockport)
81 Walnut St.
Lockport, NY 14094


In His Name Outreach (INHO)
576 Dick Road
Depew, NY 14043

Genesis Center
2161 Seneca St.
Buffalo, NY 14210


Spirit of Truth Urban Ministry
115 Gold St.
Buffalo, NY 14206


WNY Mobile OPS
1-3 p.m. only
Corner of Broadway and Fillmore

A press release stated, “Participants can display these balloons in front of their homes and businesses to honor and remember the lives of loved ones lost to the opioid epidemic. Instructions on how to sign in to the virtual event will be included with the balloons. Parents, family members and friends who have faced the loss of a loved one who struggled with substance use are welcomed at this safe and supportive event.”

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