NIAGARA FALLS - Christmas came early for several local charities who received donations from the Judges and Police Executives Conference of Niagara Falls at its recent Christmas celebration at the Como Restaurant.
Each of these groups received $300 in assistance:
- Magdalene Project of Niagara Falls, which provides impoverished people with meals, programs for young children and furniture and clothing. The group makes special efforts to aid those who have been affected by drugs, domestic abuse and prostitution.
- Carolyn's House of Niagara Falls, which provides apartments for low-income women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse. The home also provides job skills training.
- The Lord's Day Dinner, which provides food, clothing and other support for those in need.
- The Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, which collects peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow creme for distribution by area food pantries.
Two member of the Judges and Police Executives Conference also made their own special donations. Jim Page and James J. Faso Jr. each donated $250 to the Lord's Day Dinner.
"This is probably the most important thing we do all year," said Justice James J. Faso in an announcement of the donations. "We want to give back to the community and help support these very important organizations that are helping others."