Homeless: From the streets to the headlines

Pastor Eric Johns and his family embarks to Downtown Buffalo to live with homeless for next week. November 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Photo credit Pastor Eric Johns and his family embarks to Downtown Buffalo to live with homeless for next week. November 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - For 21 years, a Buffalo pastor has been hitting the streets with the homeless to bring the gravity of the societal problem to the headlines during the start of the holiday season.

Rev. Eric Johns, pastor of The Buffalo Dream Center, began a week on the streets, living with Buffalo’s homeless on Monday, November 25.

“It was a great week,” says Rev. Johns.  “I am looking forward to working alongside all of the volunteers who will come during December to wrap gifts and pack food.  Thousands of families will be helped.”

Pastor Johns’ five days with the homeless is an effort to draw attention to those less fortunate during the holiday season and to raise awareness about Boxes of Love, a Christmas campaign with a goal of giving food to more than 3,000 families this Christmas.  The campaign will also distribute thousands of wrapped Christmas gifts to needy children.  Distribution will be located throughout Buffalo and Niagara Falls.  Several thousand dollars must be raised in order to help these families.

Those desiring to help support The Buffalo Dream Center’s Boxes of Love program can call 716-854-1001.  Information can also be found at www.buffalodreamcenter.org