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Holiday gift from the Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | December 27, 2012

BUFFALO - For a second consecutive year, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is helping two area families that are attempting to rebuild after losing everything in separate fires this year feel at home for the holidays.

Thanks to a generous donation through the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Fitzpatrick and his family have provided toys for the children, computers for school, furniture and much more to help these families on the road to recovery.

The Fitzpatrick family had the opportunity to meet the recipients of their generosity and personally deliver some of the gifts during a private meeting. Due to the concerns regarding client confidentiality, the recipients of these gifts will remain anonymous.

“These families have been through so much this year, losing everything in the blink of an eye,” said Fitzpatrick. “If everyone who watches me play on Sundays joined my family in helping our neighbors in need by giving a gift to the Red Cross this holiday, it would make a huge difference for our neighbors in need throughout Western New York.”

Last year, 1,496 people in Erie and Niagara Counties received food, clothing, shelter and support from the Red Cross following a fire or disaster.

All assistance is free and the Red Cross relies on the generosity of the American public to provide these vital services to the community.

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