Tonawanda News — And two businesses side by side on Brighton Road in the Town of Tonawanda came through in a big way with donations collected at their sites.
Bumblebeez Consignment and Children’s Boutique already served as a collection site for the Closet, but stepped up for additional donations after the theft.,
“We still have stuff coming in. It’s amazing,” said Kara Cutler, co-owner of Bumblebeez. “I knew people would come through and work out, but it was way beyond what I expected them to do. We have everything from pens and erasers and backpacks to pencils and paper and crayons. The generosity was amazing.
“The support of the community really blew us away. It really shows the heart of the community. “
Brendan Toy, owner of La Hacienda Brighton next door to Bumblebeez, heard about the collection from the owners of the store and figured that, since La Hacienda was open later at night, the restaurant could help out.
Toy printed up fliers through Boulevard Printing (which didn’t charge him — “They felt like they wanted to be part of it, too,” he said), handed them out to every customer and taped them to the top of every pizza box. Nearby Greif Brothers donated a barrel for the collection. Donations started pouring in from patrons, from supplies to money to a boxful of notebooks from Brighton Eggert Pharmacy across the street.
“In one week, we got ... I can’t tell you how much we got,” Toy said. “I had boxes full. My truck was full.
“It’s kind of a blessing in disguise. We just glad we could help them out. People say stuff about Buffalo and, yeah, the economy is tough and, yeah, taxes are high. But when something like this happens, people put that stuff aside and work together. Buffalo’s amazing. We’re just happy to be a part of everything.”