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Sabres 'Holiday Angels' program returns for upcoming holiday season


Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 11:30 am
The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday announced the team will once again partner with Catholic Charities of Buffalo for the Sabres "Holiday Angels." The program is an adopt-a-family initiative that allows Sabres fans to participate by supporting neighbors in need this holiday season.
"This wonderful program helps make the holidays a little less stressful for families in need," said Rich Jureller, Sabres vice president of community relations. "Our organization is proud to team up with Catholic Charities to bring Sabres 'Holiday Angels' back, and we hope our fans will help support this worthy cause."
There are four different ways fans can get involved with the program. The first is the adopt-a-family option. After registering to adopt, fans will receive information via email with details regarding the family they have been chosen to support. Information will include first name, age, gender, clothing size and interests/likes for each person to assist with shopping efforts. (Note: In some cases limited information is available.)
The second option is the donation of individual gifts to the program. The gift can be an item of the donor's choosing. Catholic Charities will match the gift with a person or family in need. The third option is to bring wrapping paper and wrapping accessories to one of the drop-off locations listed below. The final option is the donation of a gift card. Gift cards may be mailed directly to Catholic Charities Parish outreach and advocacy (741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo).
"We are so grateful to the Buffalo Sabres and the generous fans in Western New York," said Eileen Nowak, Catholic Charities director of parish outreach and advocacy. "Last year's Sabres 'Holiday Angels' program was a wonderful success and help for families in need, and we appreciate the support of the Buffalo Sabres again this year. This program truly enhances what we can offer during the holiday season - thank you to all who donate! For these families, these may be the only gifts they receive this Christmas."
Catholic Charities asks donors please not wrap the gifts, and to note the individuals' names on each gift if they have received that information through the program.
All gifts are due to the charity by Thursday, Dec. 14, and can be dropped off at the following locations:
•Catholic Charities Montante Administrative Center: 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, from Monday, Nov. 27 to Wednesday, Dec. 14 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
•Catholic Charities Lackawanna Pantry: 75 Caldwell Place, Lackawanna, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, Friday, Dec. 1, Tuesday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 8 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed from noon to 12:30 p.m.)
•Catholic Charities Town Square Food Pantry: 2710 N. Forest Road, Getzville, on Tuesday, Dec. 12 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed from noon to 12:30 p.m.)
•KeyBank Center, Sabres Alumni Plaza: Buffalo, on Thursday, Dec. 14 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Fans are asked to contact Lauren Maguire by phone at 716-218-1400, ext. 2006, or email [email protected] with any questions regarding Sabres "Holiday Angels," if they have signed up but can no longer provide gifts, or if they need to change their delivery time/location.
To register for the program and help a family in need, fans can visit sabres.com/holidayangels.
About Catholic Charities
In 2016, Catholic Charities served nearly 153,000 people in need in Western New York. For 94 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York.
Catholic Charities attains the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management, is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity, and the agency receives the highest ratings for quality service from the Council on Accreditation.

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