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Buffalo collecting ‘Suits for Troops’

To benefit the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York, the Bar Association of Erie County and the Erie County Clerk’s Office are collecting suits and other professional apparel for local veterans.

Donating gently used men’s or women’s suits and other business attire (ties, shirts, shoes) will “help give our veterans a much-deserved boost as they attend job interviews and transition to civilian life,” said BAEC President Michael J. Ryan, a recipient of a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.

The idea for the drive was generated by Buffalo attorney Keri Callocchia, who chairs the bar association’s Real Property Committee; and her neighbor, Anthony Giancola who is active on the board of the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition. Giancola learned of the need for professional clothing through the Veterans One-Stop Center and contacted Callocchia, knowing that attorneys still wear suits on a daily basis.

The county clerk’s office was chosen as the collection site because of its central location and available closet space. In addition, many veterans already frequent their offices. Callocchia has volunteered to transport the items from the clerk’s office to the One-Stop Center.

The clothing drive will run for the entire month of December. Donations may be dropped off on the first floor of the Erie County Clerk’s Administrative Offices at 92 Franklin St., Buffalo.