Tonawanda News

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January 10, 2013

HELPING HAND

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Tonawanda News — Hittle said that many of those who receive two meals a day, five days a week for that price and live on a fixed income would often be unable to maintain their independence without the program, which does not receive any government funding to supplement itself. 

“We don’t charge enough to meet all of our operating expenses and donations and the fundraising process throughout the year help close that gap,” she said.

The organization said they are currently working on adding a baffle to to front door area in order to block the wind that often sails throughout the building, in through the volunteer area, the kitchen and into offices. 

A donation made by Greg Doel, owner of Crazy Jakes, made that process a little easier on Wednesday when a $750 check was dropped off for the organization, half of which came from his employees during a recent holiday party that was matched by Doel. 

“Basically it’s just that time of year where a lot of families need a little help getting through the trying months of the winter,” he said, of the timing of the contribution. 

And With a stagnant economy in Western New York for decades, and a shrinking populace in both of the Twin Cities, those kind of actions are increasingly important, Hittle said, while adding that the benefits it has for the residents who receive the meals most days are just as pertinent. 

“Without the support of the community, we wouldn’t be here,” she said. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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