Niagara Gazette

December 29, 2013

Free rides offered for those heading to religious services on New Year's Eve

by Mia Summerson ngedit@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — It’s the season of giving and many local charities, businesses and private residents are doing all they can to give back to the Niagara Falls area residents during the holidays. 

Even free rides.

Unlimited Transportation will be offering a ride to anyone looking to attend a church or other religious ceremony on New Years Eve.

“Unlimited Transportation Owner Mick Mahmood, believes that religion is important,” said Office Manager Laurie Harrington. “There are a lot of people that would like to get out and go to church but can’t because they are wheelchair-bound or disabled.”

At this time there are two scheduled places where those seeking a free ride can meet up, Spallino Towers, located at 720 10th St. and Wrobel Towers, located at 800 Niagara Ave.

Harrington added that the Niagara Falls Housing Authority is providing the pick up locations and that more locations will be added if there is a need for it.  

They are considering adding a location in LaSalle.

Wheelchairs and wheelchair-accessible vehicles will also be provided per request and the free transportation will be provided from 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

The vehicles will take residents to any church or other religious gathering place in the Falls.

“Of course this is the season of good will toward man,” said former Niagara County Legislature Renae Kimble. “This is a wonderful outreach to the community to let people know they aren’t alone. There are shut-ins that can’t go anywhere due to being in a wheelchair or because they are elderly and don’t have families to take them to church. This will provide them with the opportunity to worship freely.”

Originally, Unlimited Transportation had wanted to provide the free rides for Christmas, but since they had only decided to do this about three or four weeks ago, there was no time to organize. In the future, however, they plan to provide rides for any holiday with a religious significance.

“I believe it’s something we’re going to do more often, possibly in the spring for Easter, and definitely next year for Christmas,” Harrington said. “We believe in community service and the people that we take care of every day.”

Preregistration for rides is required. Harrington can be contacted at 283-5559 to schedule a ride.