Posted by Liz Angelbeck on Sep 23, 2015



The Sears Store at McKinley Mall in Hamburg is the new location for shoppers through the Rotary Club of Hamburg’s Warm the Children Program. Store Manager Debra Mahaney met with Rotarians at their Sept. 22 meeting to display some of the store’s new winter clothing for children. Pictured from left with Mahaney, second from left are members of the Warm the Children Committee: Liz Angelbeck, coordinator; Kevin Neubeck, personal banker at Evans Bank; Maria Guizzotti, Rotary Club president; Barbara Stanley and Earl Knauss. Evans Bank and the Town of Hamburg Lions Club are partners in the program.


Rotary Club of Hamburg announces new partnership with Sears McKinley Mall store for Warm the Children program


 A switch to Sears is a welcome one, according to Angelbeck. The problem of parents not being able to find correct sizes will be greatly minimized, as Sears has access to products online. “So, if a parent finds a winter jacket but the size needed is not available in the McKinley store, a cashier can locate the correct size and have it sent directly to the family, free of charge, which is fantastic,” she added.
Over the next few weeks, Sears staff will be made aware of the Warm the Children program as schools, churches and human service agencies begin sending referrals to families in need. Shopping is expected to begin in mid-October.
To make a donation, checks payable to Warm The Children Fund should be mailed to Evans Bank, 5999 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075.
The Rotary Club of Hamburg is pleased to announce that Sears in the McKinley Mall is now the official store for the club’s Warm the Children program. “We are so pleased to be a part of this wonderful program that benefits our community,” said store manager Debra Mahaney who met with members of the service organization at its Sept. 22 meeting. 
For the next three months, families who’ve been referred by local schools, churches and human service agencies will shop at Sears for new, warm winter clothing, paid for by generous donors.  “It’s really neighbors helping neighbors, in a sense,” according to Rotary member Elizabeth Angelbeck, who coordinates the program, with assistance from volunteer shoppers. All donations to Warm the Children go toward the purchase of new clothing, as administrative tasks are done by the Rotary Club in partnership with the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and Evans Bank.