In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum is pleased to announce, in partnership with BankOnBuffalo a winter clothing drive (new hats, mitten and socks) for the children residing at Gerard Place. 
While BankOnBuffalo associates are already collecting these items internally, the official drive will kick off at Explore & More on January 16th and run through the 23rd. The public is invited to either drop off items in person at the museum or shop our Amazon Wishlist where the items will be mailed directly to us. The wishlist can be accessed either by scanning the QR code below or clicking this link. 
“Gerard Place is very grateful to BankOnBuffalo and Explore & More for their very generous drive to help the children and families in our very poor surrounding community. Organizations working together to provide essential clothing at this time of year for those most vulnerable in our community is what is best about Buffalo” David Zapfel, CEO/President of Gerard Place.
“In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision of building a better community, BankOnBuffalo employees are honoring his legacy and taking the day on – by collecting hats, mittens, and socks for those in need,” said Martin T. Griffith, BankOnBuffalo president. “We are pleased to partner with Explore & More to support Gerard Place and its mission to strengthen our community.”
BankOnBuffalo is also the presenting sponsor for Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities – including stories and crafts — at Explore & More. These activities are happening both inside the museum and virtually. Explore & More has heightened safety measures, due to COVID-19, including a limited capacity. Those who are interested in attending the in-person activities at the museum are encouraged to purchase a ticket early. 
About Explore & More:
Explore & More’s mission is to provide best-in-class PLAY experiences where all children, families, and the community can explore, learn and develop together. A world where play unlocks the limitless potential in all of us. After 20+ years in East Aurora, the museum moved to its new home at Canalside in 2019, expanding to 4 floors and over 40,000 square feet of play. Visit and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About BankOnBuffalo
As a community bank, BankOnBuffalo, a division of CNB Bank, is being developed by local people and businesses. This local decision-making will increase the level of service provided to the communities of Buffalo and bring growth to the entire region. To learn more about BankOnBuffalo, please visit
About Gerard Place
Since 2000, Gerard Place has been providing housing for homeless single parents and their families and empowering those parents through education, employment, vocational training, life skills classes, and counseling.