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The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County requests help with the News Neediest Fund: in assisting with applications and referrals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; also sorting toys at a local warehouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 to 20. Call the Volunteer Center at 887-2690.

AIDS Community Services needs volunteers to wrap packages at the Boulevard Mall during mall hours from Nov. 29 to Dec. 24. Call 847-2737, ext. 368.

Parents Anonymous is seeking assistance to staff the Giving Tree table at Eastern Hills Mall from Nov. 25 to Dec. 20. Contact Holly Hahn-Baker at 822-0919. Volunteers also are needed to adopt needy families. Call 822-0919.

The Valley Community Association needs gifts for Santa to distribute, as well as door prizes for the seniors' holiday party. They are needed by Dec. 9. Help is also needed on Dec. 21 for the children's Christmas party, to paint faces, make balloon animals and help in the kitchen. Call Kathie Drzal at 823-4707.

Elderwood Healthcare at Maplewood requests Christmas cards, wrapping paper, bingo prizes, wheelchair and walker bags and lap robes for its residents. The items are needed by early December. Help also is needed in transporting residents, serving refreshments and helping with set up and clean up. Groups are needed to conduct bingo, socials and caroling. Call Johana Komurek at 681-9480, ext. 109.

The Salvation Army in Buffalo has need of new winter hats, gloves and scarves; holiday gifts for preteens; food basket items including hams and turkeys. Assistance is needed in escorting preapproved parents through the toy shop; also sorting and supplying items on gift tables; distributing small gifts to shut-ins and nursing home residents. A driver with a truck is needed to pick up donations of food and gifts. Items are requested by Dec. 6. Contact Major June Carlson at 888-6202.

The Benedict House of Western New York would appreciate help in preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas brunches. Call Anne Sterling at 834-4940.

Red Kettle Bell Ringers are being sought by the Salvation Army in the Jamestown area. Major Randall Davis said they will accept bell ringers from companies, clubs and families who could ring for a few hours, a day or a weekend. This year's effort has a goal of $81,000. Donations are used for emergency services, to send children to camp, a food pantry, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Call the Jamestown Salvation Army at 664-4108, ext. 227.

To find volunteer work tailored to your needs, call the Volunteer Center of the United Way at 887-2690 or visit its Web site at

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