As Western New Yorkers continue to navigate their lives during the pandemic, many understand the importance of providing basic needs, particularly for children during cold, WNY winters.  
Rotary Club of Hamburg is proud to sponsor Warm the Children, which provides new, warm, winter clothing to boys and girls from families who reside in Hamburg, Angola, Blasdell, Derby, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Lake View and Brant. Last year, as a result of the kindness and generosity of donors in the community, Warm the Children brought joyful smiles to approximately 400 youngsters in need! 
“This is our 14th year of coordinating Warm the Children for local families in need and we are tremendously grateful for community support,” says Elizabeth Angelbeck, who directs the program with schools, churches and social service agencies in the Southtowns.  100% of all contributions go toward the purchase of new clothing for children in need and is fully tax-deductible.  All administrative costs are absorbed by Rotary, while Club members are responsible for program coordination, with assistance from Evans Bank and community volunteers, who meet families at Walmart in Hamburg to make their clothing selections. 
Those wishing to contribute may do so by making checks payable to Warm the Children Fund, and either mailing or bringing donations to Evans Bank, 5999 S. Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075.  Or, contributions may be made online at
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Hamburg Home Depot selected Warm the Children as the beneficiary of the Home Depot Foundation’s Surprise  Program presenting the Rotary Club of Hamburg a $1,000 check on Nov. 16 during Rotary’s meeting at Uncle Joe’s Diner. Pictured from left are: Erin Mungovin, operations assistant store manager, Patrick Morgan, store manager, Rotarian Liz Angelbeck, Warm the Children coordinator and Maria Rebmann, associate support department manager.