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The Sisters of Mercy Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle Thursday celebrated its 15th anniversary by awarding 10 grants totaling $16,619 to nonprofit groups during a ceremony at Mercy Center, 625 Abbott Road. Grants were awarded to EPIC, Buffalo Peace House, Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network and Harvest House. Also receiving grants were Women's Respite Program of Fran…

Valu Home Centers Thursday presented the Salvation Army with a check for $50,320 as part of the store's annual holiday fundraising drive. The donation brings Valu’s 16-year fundraising total to more than $760,000, according to Doug Wasiura, vice president of marketing and development for the hardware store chain. The funds collected are intended to support the Salvat…

Erie County

Usually cleanshaven City of Tonawanda police officers grew goatees this past month for a good cause. Their efforts raised a total of $725, which was donated by the police officers' union to the Vietnam Veteran Chapter 77 food pantry. This year's folic fundraiser follows the union's "beards for bucks" fundraiser from last year, which raised over $8,000 to help pay for…

Erie County

Colvin Cleaners' 22nd annual "Coats 4 Kids" program is collecting gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for children. The donation drive continues through Dec. 1. Donations may be made at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or at Allstate Insurance agencies and Fidelis Care. A complete list of drop-off sites is available at www.coat…

Niagara County

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 c…