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Leap of Kindness Day: 2/29/2024

2024 is a Leap Year!

Join the movement and spread kindness in the community.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with our WNY Chamber Alliance and neighboring chambers to support the national (and global!) "Leap of Kindness" to spread the mission.

Leap of Kindness Day was invented by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in 2016. The idea was to inspire their members and community to use their extra day that Leap Year to do something kind for someone else, and hundreds of local organizations helped thousands of local people on February 29, 2016.

In 2020, Leap of Kindness Day was even bigger and better as more than 200 chambers in the US, Canada, and Ireland joined them and organized their own celebrations. In Saratoga, people donated their time, talent, and treasure to help so many people, local charities, and nonprofit organizations, and to thank first responders, teachers, school bus drivers, Veterans, etc.

In 2024, we ask that you join us to build the message and share within your networks.

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Child & Family Service | Haven House

For 2024's Leap of Kindness, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce is supporting Child & Family Services and Haven House.

We will be taking donations and collecting them at our office located at 400 Essjay Rd Suite 150 in Williamsville.

Additionally, if you have monetary or gift card donations for any of our local not-for-profits, we will be accepting them as well.


Haven House is Erie County’s only licensed domestic violence shelter

*At this time, we are NOT accepting clothing donations (unless listed below)*

Need to make it easy? Utilize their Amazon Wish Lists:

Gift cards are helpful to quickly fulfill needs as they arise. Amazon, Walmart, Target, or Visa (in any amount) are appreciated.

We’re accepting donations of the items below.

These must be NEW items, please.

  • Diapers (Size 5), pull-ups and wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby bottles
  • Liquid and/or foaming hand soap
  • Personal hygiene Items
  • School Items, especially:
    • New Backpacks
    • Pens (blue and black ink)
  • Umbrellas (new or gently used, all sizes/colors)
  • Coats (youth and adult, all sizes)
  • Underwear (all kids ages/size, new only)
  • Socks (all kids ages/sizes, new only)
  • Pajamas (all kids ages/sizes)
  • Blankets (twin)
  • Towels and wash clothes
  • Sheet sets (twin)
  • New pillows
  • Hairbrushes (Please no combs)

Haven House Needs: Urgent items are in bold.

  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Twin blankets
  • Twin comforters
  • Twin sheets
Personal Care
  • Laundry detergent
  • Feminine wash such as Vagisil or Summer’s Eve
  • Black haircare products
  • Black haircare accessories
  • Winter boots (men’s and women’s, especially sizes 7-10)
Special Requests
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Tracfones and prepaid minutes


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