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Photos and story by Larry Austin
A van full of warm clothing is bound for the streets of Buffalo thanks to donations by Boy Scout Troop 630.
Members of the troop, pictured above, collected cold-weather gear for Code Blue Relief Mission, an organization that collects cold-weather items - jackets, hats, sleeping bags, blankets, etc. - sorts them and redistributes them on the streets of Buffalo to the homeless or other people in need.
Jesse Dixon, co-founder of Code Blue Relief Mission, estimated he picked up 15 to 20 bags full of donations from Troop 630 when he visited old St. Stephen R.C. Church Dec. 17.
Susan Miles of Troop 630 said the troop spent the last three or four weeks collecting clothing from Scout families and friends of Scout families for donation as a Christmas community service project.
Dixon said Code Blue Relief Mission will conduct a spring coat drive hoping people will clean out their closets to the benefit of the needy in Buffalo. To support Code Blue Relief Mission, visit codebluereliefmission.org, or find them on Facebook at Code Blue Relief Mission.
From left, Scout John Sosnowski of Troop 630; Jesse Dixon, co-founder of Code Blue Relief Mission; and Susan Miles with a van packed with donated clothes from the troop.