BankOnBuffalo Partners with Explore & More Children’s Museum for Winter Clothing Drive Kick-Off, Reduced MLK Day Admission


Buffalo, NY – In recognition of the National Day of Service on Monday, January 16, which also commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, has partnered with BankOnBuffalo to launch the collection of needed winter clothing items (new hats, mittens, and socks) for the adults and families residing at Gerard Place, for the fourth consecutive year.
In addition, as the presenting sponsor for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day’s educational activities at Explore & More, BankOnBuffalo is contributing to the admission fee for everyone coming to the museum on January 16, resulting in a savings of 38% off the regular non-member admission fee, which will be just $5.
“BankOnBuffalo is proud to partner once again with Explore & More in honoring the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” said Michael Noah, BankOnBuffalo president. “Our sponsorship of the museum’s activities and reduced public admission fees on this day, and our enthusiastic support of the drive to collect much-needed winter clothing for those served by Gerard Place, are particularly important now, given all this community has been through over the last year.”
Collection bins will be set up at the museum and all BankOnBuffalo branches through January 31st for those wishing to donate new and unused winter clothing like jackets, blankets, hats, and gloves for adults and children in need at Gerard Place.
Items can also be donated via Amazon’s Wish List at
or by scanning the QR code below.
Gerard Place has been providing housing since 2000 for homeless, single parents and their families and empowering those parents through education, employment, vocational training, life skills classes and counseling.

"Gerard Place is grateful to BankOnBuffalo and Explore & More for their collection of coats and warm weather items for the people we serve. Every week hundreds of people are served by Gerard Place from giving out food, blankets and coats to job training and housing. Located in the Bailey-Delevan community we rely on community partners like BankOnBuffalo and Explore & More who generously give of their time and energy to make our community better," says David Zapfel, CEO/President of Gerard Place.
In addition to the donation drive, Explore & More has planned a day of storytelling, crafts, and educational activities all focused on celebrating Dr. King's life and teachings of diversity, equality, freedom, and resistance.

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