For many, the symbol of Christmas is a good family meal. But for less fortunate people, they can't do it themselves. That's where an array of community agencies step in and provide meals and Christmas presents in the spirit of the season.
The Buffalo City Mission is planning to construct a new One-Stop Community Center on East Tupper Street. Thursday, a local restaurateur and hotel owner pledged $200,000 to fund a wing within that building to support displaced veterans.
Buffalo City Mission has permission to put together its financial package for a new building, but it is a different building and different services than when it started as a soup kitchen nearly a century ago.