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Community Outreach

Prescription for Warmth

This nonprofit organization provides hats, gloves and socks for frostbite victims and those in need in Buffalo area hospitals and free clinics.

Prescription for Warmth (P4W) was founded by UB medical students in 2016 and uses 100 percent of the funds donated by the community to purchase hats, gloves and socks in bulk.

P4W distributes the clothing items to the homeless via the Erie County Medical Center, Lighthouse Free Clinic, the UB HEALS mobile clinic and the Matt Urban Hope Center during the winter months.

When patients with frostbite visit these institutions, physicians and care providers can include the items on their discharge directions, ensuring that patients leave not only with the appropriate creams and wound dressings, but also with donated clothing items and an informational pamphlet on protecting against frostbite.