Buffalo’s City Mission Receives A $5,000 ‘Combined Donation’ Made By The Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers And Trainmen & A Local Safety Equipment Distributor, Who Was Asked By A Member Of The Union ‘If They Would Like To Get Involved’
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, from left to right: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National Vice President Jim Louis; DiVal Safety Equipment, Incorporated Representative Kyle Staub; Bill Nasca, BLET Division 421 Local Chairman; BLET Division 421 Secretary-Treasurer Chris Eleczko;; and a representative of Buffalo’s City Mission. The Membership of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Divisions 382 and 421 and Buffalo-headquartered DiVal Safety Equipment combined to make a $5,000 Christmas donation in clothing and money to the City Mission. (BLET Provided Photo)
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Through the combined generosity of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and Buffalo-headquartered DiVal Safety Equipment, Incorporated, a $5,000 Christmas donation in clothing and money was made to the City Mission, which serves as a beacon of hope for the homeless and those down on their luck.
It all began with BLET Divisions 382 and 421 - which combine to represent nearly 200 Locomotive Engineers in Buffalo, agreeing to donate $2,000 worth of purchased clothing, gloves, hats and sweatshirts to the City Mission this Holiday Season.
After a recently-held Union meeting, BLET Division 421 Local Chairman Bill Nasca, who knew the owner of DiVal Safety Equipment, reached out and asked whether the company would be interested in matching the amount made by BLET Members.
DiVal Safety Equipment agreed and matched the BLET donation of $2,000, which was increased by another $1,000 to $5,000 through a check donation made to the City Mission by BLET Membership.
In the end, hundreds of brand new hats, gloves and winter clothes were packed in boxes and delivered by a DiVal Safety Equipment truck to the City Mission (pictured above).
Justin Stutz, who serves as Vice Chairman of the New York State Legislative Board for the BLET, told WNYLaborToday.com: “The City Mission ‘helps people in our area and we know people need help, including’ Working Class People. The Brotherhood ‘wanted to give back to the community to those in need during these difficult times and because Unions fight for everyone, not just their Members.’”
Stutz told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper that his Union and its Membership were “absolutely thrilled” DiVal Safety Equipment agreed to join their Union in making a contribution to the City Mission.
“They ‘matched’ our donation and the City Mission ‘was (also) thrilled,’” he said. “One of their representatives (at the City Mission) asked, ‘What would make a group of people who drive trains to donate to us?’ They were ‘thankful that we thought of them, but (Unions and their Members, including the BLET) think of everyone.’”
DiVal Safety Equipment President C.J. Vallone told WNYLaborToday.com: “Bill (Nasca) is a ‘friend of mine.’ Our kids went to school together. He’s a ‘strong community advocate’ who’s in a leadership position with his Local. (DiVal Safety Equipment) does a (holiday) food drive for our community ‘and we thought we’d share a bit’ (joining with the BLET Divisions to help the City Mission). ‘It’s really simple - I just piggybacked on it’ (what the BLET was doing). ‘This is the single most important thing - to share the wealth.’ ‘It’s very important to give back.’”
DiVal Safety Equipment distributes safety equipment, industrial and contractor tools and supplies and maintenance, repair, and operating products. The company also has several offices in New York State – including Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, as well as in Boston, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and El Dorado, Arizona.