Niagara Gazette

November 26, 2013

Falls getting into giving spirit on Dec. 3

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — It's official — Mayor Paul Dyster proclaimed Dec. 3 as Niagara Falls's Day of Giving during a ceremony at city hall on Tuesday. Dyster was joined by representatives from Community Missions of Niagara Frontier and Niagara University, two local organizations taking part in the initiative.

Giving Tuesday — written #GivingTuesday — is a first of its kind effort that looks to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners — charities, families, businesses and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday, the movement seeks to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping.

Niagara University and Community Missions represent the lone organizations based in Niagara County planning to participate in the initiative, joining more than 7,250 partners nationwide.

Community Missions, within the theme of its “The Gift of Giving … The Joy of Receiving” Christmas Program, is encouraging people to support the agency in a number of ways on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Individuals (and businesses) are encouraged to make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the agency via its website, www.CommunityMissions.org.

Individuals are encouraged to beat the end of year rush and donate clothes and household items, which are always welcome to be dropped off at the Mission’s main office at 1570 Buffalo Ave. Such donations are always tax-deductible.

Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer their time to help spread holiday cheer at the Mission.

"Giving Tuesday is a fantastic initiative in encouraging people to give back,” said Christian Hoffman, communications & development manager of Community Missions. “Already, we have been so encouraged by the people wanting to support the Mission in some way. We look forward to seeing the tremendous generosity of the people of Western New York once again on Giving Tuesday!”

Those interested in joining Community Missions’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.communitymissions.org/about/givingtuesday.html.

GIVING BACK Sites to drop items off NIAGARA UNIVERSITY • ALL DAY -- Gallagher Center will be site to drop off nonperishable goods, purchase a Christmas ornament from NUSGA, and grab some hot cocoa! LEWISTON • 7:30-10 A.M. -- Orange Cat Coffee, 703 Center St. • 5-8 P.M. -- Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St. - Most festive outfit of the evening will win a gift certificate to the Lewiston Stone House! Drink specials and light refreshments will be provided until 8 p.m. NIAGARA FALLS • 8-11 A.M. -- DiCamillo Bakery, 7927 Niagara Falls Blvd. • ALL DAY -- Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, 1570 Buffalo Ave. SANBORN • 6:30 - 9 A.M. -- Bailly's Food Mart, 3821 Lockport Road