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Thousands of volunteers hit the streets of Western New York Tuesday morning to sell special Kids Day editions of The Buffalo News. The reason, according to Jeanne Kubicki? "It just makes you smile," she said. Kubicki and fellow Evans Bank employees lined Sunset Drive in Hamburg, selling papers as part of The Buffalo News' fundraiser to benefit John R. Oishei Child…

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Thousands of volunteers will take to the streets the morning of April 30 to sell a special Kids Day edition of The Buffalo News to benefit John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Cradle Beach and the children of Western New York. Presented in conjunction with Tops Markets, Kids Day is now in its 37th year and has raised more than $4.8 million for programs that help youngster…

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