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Another Stellar year

Members from the 107th Airlift Wing once again answered the call. For the 21st consecutive year members graciously donated countless bags of clothing, toys and food. (Left to right) Master Sgt. Duane Bores, Master Sgt. Mark Lewandowski, Tech. Sgt. Paul Wiegand, Master Sgt. Roger Clark and Master Sgt. Steven Buja up on truck. (U.S. Air Froce Photo/ Tech Sgt. Cathy Perretta)

Members from the 107th Airlift Wing once again answered the call. For the 21st consecutive year members graciously donated countless bags of clothing, toys and food. (Left to right) Master Sgt. Duane Bores, Master Sgt. Mark Lewandowski, Tech. Sgt. Paul Wiegand, Master Sgt. Roger Clark and Master Sgt. Steven Buja up on truck. (U.S. Air Froce Photo/ Tech Sgt. Cathy Perretta)

An unidentified man eagerly joins the chain, unloading the donated goods from the 107th AW. In its 21st year members from the 107th AW continued the holiday tradition of collecting money, food, clothing and toys to donate to the Niagara Falls City Mission.

An unidentified man eagerly joins the chain, unloading the donated goods from the 107th AW. In its 21st year members from the 107th AW continued the holiday tradition of collecting money, food, clothing and toys to donate to the Niagara Falls City Mission.

Niagara Falls -- Wow another banner year for the Niagara Falls City Mission Fund Raiser. Lead by Master Sgt. Steven Buja, members from the 107th Airlift Wing gave, gave and gave some more. In its 21st year, more than $2,500 was raised through various on base fund raisers such as feed a family, dress down days and a table top raffle. The money raise was used to purchase much needed food for the mission that houses and/or feeds the homeless and those that have come upon hard times.
"We did good," said Sgt. Buja." Although we are not at the level of years ago but  we did exceed last year's contributions by $800," he added. New fundraising guidelines have change the way money for charities can be raised on military installations.
During the December UTA members anted up more than $800, allowing 32 families to feast on a traditional Christmas dinner that they otherwise may have gone without. Along with the food, 107th AW members donated and delivered hundreds of pounds of gently used clothing and toys to the mission.
This tradition that is in its third decade needs you, the young Airman not only to continue to donate but to carry on the tradition. Young volunteers are needed to step up and keep this worthy cause alive. Although the fund raising efforts won't begin again until the fall, it's not too early to contact Sgt. Buja and say I care, I want to help, you can count on me. Sgt. Buja can be reached at 236-3090.