Giving Tuesday efforts benefit Community Missions programs

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – People from across the community are coming together to support Community Missions on this Giving Tuesday.

Community Missions provides 19 programs to people from all walks of life, including youth, adults, families, homeless, youth involved with the juvenile justice system, youth and adults with psychiatric disabilities, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and ex-offender parole individuals.

The agency depends on support to make all that possible.

MORE | Click here to learn more about the Community Missions organization and how you can make a donation.

On Giving Tuesday, Community Missions received extra support from donors and volunteers who turned out throughout the day to do everything from packing bags in the food pantry to organizing donations in the Clothes Closet to decorating the building for Christmas and working in the soup kitchen to feed the agency’s clients.

“It feels great to be a part of something so great and to help so many people by doing something that seems so small to me, but ends up being very great to them,” said Niagara University student Sunny Pechulis, who volunteered in the kitchen making breakfast Tuesday morning.

The meals served in the soup kitchen do a lot of good for the Community Missions clients, as do other meals being served up across the community in honor of Giving Tuesday.

Eight local restaurants are donating part of their proceeds to Community Missions as part of the Giving Tuesday Dining for Dollars initiative.

MORE | See the full list of participating restaurants here.

Community Missions leaders say all of the donations add up, and make a big difference for the agency which does so much for those in need in our area. Community Missions served 87,000 meals and provided 10,000 nights of shelter last year alone.

More help is always needed to keep all of the programs going. You can learn more about how you can support the agency on its website: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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