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Help for an East Side Flower Garden

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – There is an update on a story WBFO presented a little more than a week ago. East Side community activist Rosa Gibson says after a story aired, profiling her 20-years of work as an East Side community activist, she received a donation.

Gibson continues fixing up a flower garden vandalized last month outside the Community Action Information Center on Wohlers Avenue in the Ellicott District. She is president and director of that Center.

After our story aired on May 26 about her efforts to clean up crime and blight in her neighborhood, a Niagara Falls woman called on Gibson offering some help. She asked about the damage and what Gibson needed.

"What I told her is what I need right now is just prayers, but she wanted to do more than just pray. She wanted ot bring some flowers over, and she did," said Gibson.

Just two days after hearing about Gibson's story the flowers arrived. The woman even asked Gibson what type she prefers.

"What I am trying to do this year is build a theme around the Black Eyed Susans that way I will not have to plant every year. And those are the colors I am using, the yellow," said Gibson.

The tireless 73 year Gibson has built community flower and vegetable gardens along 13 vacant city lots in her district. Gibson says after speaking with the Niagara Falls woman, they've decided to keep in contact for future collaboration for both cities.

"We even promised each other that we would keep in contact and whatever we could do, as far as working together for Buffalo and Niagara Falls, to try and make the cities a better and safer place to live," said Gibson.

Gibson says after the damage occurred, she was very discouraged, but when she received the call to keep up the good work, it encouraged her spirts.