Buffalo Bills players aren’t the only ones who are out and about in the Buffalo Community. The ladies of the Bills, the Buffalo Bills Women’s Association hosted a day of giving at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge of Buffalo.
“Each month, the Women’s Association comes together to give back to the community. This month, we selected to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, which is a 15 guest home that houses cancer patients and their caregivers,” said Tara Sanborn, wife of Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn.
The women donated every item that patients and their families need for everyday living.
“We gathered everything from toilet paper to toothbrushes. The things you need to keep your household running are the same things they need,” said Sanborn.
“This is a huge savings on our budget,” said Buffalo Hope Lodge Director Ann Raderman. “We are run like a regular house so all things run out and need to be replaced. What the women have donated will really help the patients and allow us to provide housing for more patients.”
For the women, it’s important to also give back to causes that hit close to home.
“The hope lodge is a great fit because it is a home in our community that reaches out to those in need,” Sanborn told buffalobills.com. “Currently my Grandmother is going through treatment for cancer, and each day is a new challenge and it’s devastating. It opens your network to those who need help and a giving heart is a happy heart.”
“Tara Sanborn contacted me,” said Raderman. “I was crying when I got the call. I’m a survivor, and speaking from my heart it means a lot. The fact they would take the time to do this to go shopping for patients who are far from home means the world to us.”
“It’s important for the community to see that we care about them just as they care and support the Buffalo Bills,” said Kimberly Wheatley, wife of Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley. “One of the lessons we’re discussing as a group is giving. It doesn’t matter how big or how small, it’s in your heart and what you think of others.”
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