Tonawanda News


March 21, 2013

What happens in Vegas


Tonawanda News — • The efficient, almost choreographed, good-natured way in which volunteers for NT Meals-On-Wheels go about making more than 100 meals per day for people throughout the area. 

• The neatly organized space of the Inter-Church Clothes Closet, with its racks of clothes, rows of shoes and even shelves of children’s books for those in need.

• The staging area for the NT Inter-Church Food Pantry, its shelves lined with food staples ready to be distributed — and the warehouse space behind it with cases of donated supplies.

In other words, there’s a lot of help for the community under that one aging, occasionally leaky, roof. Thousands of dollars have been sunk into its repair over the years (and TCCO makes sure that the areas that affect food in the building are kept dry and safe), but as Lureman said, that can be “throwing good money after bad.” What they need is a complete roof replacement.

The job will cost an estimated  $125,000 to $150,000. While the group has successfully raised about $7,000 in a month and a half, there’s still a long way to go.

And you can help. 

Donations can be sent to Twin Cities Community Outreach Inc., 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda NY 14120. For more information, call Greg Lureman at 695-7718 or email

The group welcomes donations of all sizes. As Lureman said, “All the $20 and $25 checks add up to hundreds and thousands.”

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at

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