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Hamburg and West Seneca funeral homes collecting toys for military families

Collection barrels for toys have been placed inside Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg and Curtin Funeral Home in West Seneca. The toys will be given to families of active duty military members and veterans.

Toys can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, said Charles A. Castiglia, president of the funeral homes.

"We're part of a national network, Veterans Funeral Care, and one of our commitments is to run Operation Toy Soldier," Castiglia said. "There's active duty military who have been called up from the reserves who are struggling  to pay their bills due to the loss of revenue from their regular employment. This also helps veterans who are struggling to transition from active duty to mainstream society."

After-hour donations can be arranged by calling Castiglia at 627-2919.

Lakeside Memorial is at 4199 Lakeshore Road and Curtin is at 1340 Union Road.


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