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Buffalo

Marlies Wesolowski knows firsthand what it's like to wake up Christmas morning and not have a present to open from Santa Claus. She grew up "very poor" in England, in a place called Sileby. Her family lived in public housing, and her parents worked two or three jobs each. The family came to the United States in 1970 when she was 13, in search of a better opportunity.…

Buffalo

The 38th News Neediest Fund is off to a quick start. The fund, which raised $150,000 last year, has already raised $43,000 even before the drive officially began, according to Buffalo News Publisher Warren T. Colville, who was part of a festive kickoff celebration Thursday morning in the lobby of The Buffalo News' downtown office. "The generosity of people in this co…

Cheektowaga

Samson, the mighty delivery truck that was stripped of its catalytic converters during a theft earlier this month at Resurrection Life Food Pantry in Cheektowaga, is back to work. The 18-foot truck transported up to 5,000 pounds of food donations daily to needy families until the theft. The loss of the delivery vehicle could not have occurred at a more critical time for…

Erie County

For the 37th year, Santa Claus is getting some help from Western New Yorkers through The Buffalo News Neediest Fund. News Publisher and President Warren T. Colville kicked off this year's drive by welcoming about 100 people to lobby of the newspaper's offices for festivities that featured a tree lighting, performances by the Houghton Academy seventh-grade chorus and app…

Buffalo

Wilmarie Rosado-Lozada had a decent-paying job as a dental hygienist and a good life back in her hometown of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. That is, until about two months ago when Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico and all but destroyed her city near the southeastern coast of the island.  Rosado-Lozada lost her home and her job. With no place to live or a livelihood o…

Local News

Amidst the dazzle of a vast Christmas tree forest and a live visit by Santa and his reindeer, only one thing drew the focus of  Ian Earl of Royalton last year on a visit to the "Festival of Lights" at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg: the huge empty barrel that had been designated for toys donated in support of The News Neediest Fund. Ian spied it while accompanyi…