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>Needy families invited to apply for holiday help

During the holiday season, the WNY Holiday Partnership, a collaboration of organizations including The Buffalo News Neediest Fund, will distribute toys and holiday meals to those in need.

Applications will be accepted until Dec. 14 for families in Erie and Niagara counties needing help. For information on application sites, hours of operation and eligibility requirements, call Central Referral Services at 851-5555 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

For information about The Neediest Fund, where to donate toys and how to donate online, go to www.buffalonews.com/neediest.

Cash donations also can be mailed to The News Neediest Fund, Station C Post Office, 1245 Main St., P.O. Box 444, Buffalo, NY 14209-0444.

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>Flu shot clinic will be held Thursday

A flu shot clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in Gowanda Pharmacy, 41 W. Main St., Gowanda.

Those 18 or older are welcome.

Bring an insurance card. Insurances covering the flu shot include Independent Health, Community Blue and Medicare Part B.

Without insurance, the cost of a shot is $15.

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>Christmas singers, gifts sought for County Home

The Erie County Home is looking for cheerful singing voices and Christmas gifts for its residents.

Scout troops, youth groups, choirs and even informal groups are being sought to entertain residents with Christmas carols Saturday.

Singing groups will be sent to separate areas of the building to provide holiday cheer from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

Also, the home would appreciate donated items -- big or small -- it can pass out as gifts to residents.

Many residents have no family, and the only gifts they receive will be from generous donors.

The home requests the unwrapped items be dropped off at the main entrance by Dec. 10.

For more information on caroling, or to request a copy of gift suggestions, call Lauren Kennuth, director of volunteer services, at 937-5640.

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>Holiday events set at historic homestead

LOCKPORT -- The Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House, the oldest red brick home in the city, owned by the Niagara County Historical Society, will be open for two special holiday events in early December.

"The Spirit of Christmas Past," a Victorian tea, will be held Saturday, with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. Period furnishings and imported china will be used to serve the tea.

Reservations may be obtained by calling 434-7433. The cost is $15.

The Bond-Hawley House's annual Victorian Christmas celebration is set from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Hot cider and cookies will be served, carols will be sung and the house will be decorated in period holiday style. Admission is $2.

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