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$1,100, other donations provided by 'Santaland'

The Food Bank of Western New York has received more than $1,100 in cash, as well as food, donated earlier this month at "Santaland" in Chestnut Ridge Park.

"Santaland" is the successor to Santa's Park, a Christmas-themed event that was a casualty of Erie County's budget crisis in 2005. Volunteers re-created the event under auspices of Revitalize Buffalo and the Western New York Coalition for Progress.

Organizers said almost 1,000 children visited "Santaland" this year, which was open the weekends of Dec. 9 and 16.

A check for $1,159 was presented Tuesday to the Food Bank.

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