Since 2010, PEACE, Inc.’s Donation Program has assisted the community by collecting and distributing donations such as toys, toiletries, clothing, household items, candy, and more throughout Central New York. Managed by Rollin Mincher and housed at the agency’s Frank DeFrancisco Eastwood Community Center, the program is volunteer-based and partners with nonprofits that share PEACE, Inc.’s mission and goals. The program has provided thousands of donations – in fact, the value of contributions over the past 12 years is more than $10,000,000!
To keep up with demand, PEACE, Inc. purchased a new truck for the program in November 2021. The 2018 International, which can transport 12 pallets of items, is already making an impact! The truck proved instrumental in delivering PEACE, Inc. Give-A-Holiday 2021 gift donations, which were graciously provided by individual and corporate donors. To address seasonal needs, Rollin and his team picked up winter coats from McLane Northeast, Rite Aid, and Nucor Steel to donate to clients throughout the agency’s Family Resource Centers. Additionally, the United Way of Central New York recently donated and helped us distribute 7 pallets of sanitizing wipes. Cicero Fire Department is also helping the cause, delivering the wipes to local Fire, Police, EMS, and Volunteer Ambulance Service Providers in Onondaga County to disinfect their vehicles.
The Donation Program and its new truck will continue working hard to deliver items throughout our community. A special thank you to our volunteers, partners, and donors – without you, this impact wouldn’t be possible!