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The Dec. 15 paper included an article about the West Side soup kitchen. As it happens, I had been there for the first time the day before, dropping off some food and gifts for the family that we had "adopted."

We sat in the parking lot, waiting for the doorway to clear before we attempted to bring the boxes in, but the line of people waiting for some food never subsided. It was a sobering experience.

According to the article, approximately 55 families were "adopted" this year by area businesses or individuals during the holidays. Appropriate gifts are donated. Ages, sizes and a "wish list" are provided. Our office decided to do that this year and it was heartwarming to see the result.

Friends and relatives were very generous in offering assistance and we were able to give "our family" a brighter Christmas.

Instead of office gift exchanges next year, why not consider adopting a family through Helping Hands? Hopefully hundreds of "wish lists" can be fulfilled. After all, isn't that what Christmas is all about?

West Seneca

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