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The USW’s ‘Women Of Steel’ Group Helps The Homeless & Less Fortunate This Holiday Season, Leaves 700 Donated & Knitted Scarves, Hats & Gloves Hanging From Trees & On Fences For Those In Need To Take

Published Saturday, December 22, 2018
by WIVB-TV & Staff
The USW’s ‘Women Of Steel’ Group Helps The Homeless & Less Fortunate This Holiday Season, Leaves 700 Donated & Knitted Scarves, Hats & Gloves Hanging From Trees & On Fences For Those In Need To Take

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In a self-described “way to give back” to the Buffalo Community this Holiday Season, the United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel Group donated 700 knitted scarves, hats and gloves on Thursday (December 20th) at several area locations, hanging them from trees and tying them to fences for those in need to take.

"The Women of Steel are ‘very active’ in the community.  ‘We do all kinds’ of community projects, ‘any place that we can help and that we're capable of doing it, we do’ - and ‘we like to do things different, too,’" Cindy Marlow (pictured below), who serves as the local Women of Steel’s Regional Coordinator, said in an interview with WIBV-TV/Channel 4.

The warm Winter wear was distributed Members of the Women of Steel Group – as part of the group’s annual Tree Wrapping Event - at several Buffalo area locations, including the Matt Urban Hope Center, The Thankful Baptist Church, Lady Queen of Peace Home and St Luke's Mission of Mercy.

"In this area, ‘you see a lot of people walking around.’  ‘You know they're destitute.’  ‘They don't have anything.’  ‘This is for anybody who needs anything,’" Marlow said. "Even if you ‘need a gift for somebody, it's Christmastime.’  ‘Take it.’  ‘It's free,’" Marlow told Channel 4 after hanging up scarves near the Matt Urban Hope Center.  "This ‘isn't a whole lot but it's something.’  You know, ‘it gets cold’ in Buffalo ‘and if you can wrap something around your neck it might help you a little bit, especially if you don't have a place to go home to."

Marlow says the USW’s Women of Steel Group decided to give back in this way four years ago, at the suggestion of one of their members.

"There's a ‘good handful’ who started toward the end of the Summer and we've been knitting, cutting and sewing all this time to try to get it done," said Marlow, who added that about three-quarters of the scarves that were put up this year were handmade by the Members of the Women of Steel Group, who also collected donations to put out.

In a subsequent post on the Social Network Facebook, Marlow wrote:

Thank You to our Sisters who spent hours making scarves and for all the other donations collected.  

Special thanks to Denise, Lynn, and Jill of Local 13833 and Tabbetha of Local 135L, Brenda of Local 2058, Beth of Local 620, Kelsey and Donna of Local 593, Tammy and Sandy (retired) of Local135L, Carolyn (retired) and Cheryl of Local 897, Melissa of Local 0277, Cheryl, Linda, and Cindy of Local 8823, Nanci of Local 9436, and to any others who helped with this project.

And also thanks to the Amherst Senior Center Knitting Club for their donation.

Sisters, I am so very proud of all your hard work and dedication to the Women of Steel, the United Steelworkers and the Labor Movement - and please be proud of yourselves that you have all brought some joy into a stranger's life today.

God Bless you all and have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Next year, the Women of Steel Group hopes to put out even more Winter weather items to help even more people have a merry and warm Holiday Season. Editor’s Note: Photos that appear with this Labor News Story come from the Women of Steel Group, Via Facebook

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