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Monday, December 29, 2014

NFTA Transit Police Spread Joy to WNY Families

NFTA Transit Police Officers with
Tom Gualiardo, CEO, BBBS
Friday, December 23, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police helped spread a bit of holiday cheer to five local families, covering 18 children, in Western New York. In the past few months, the officers collected over $2,000 in donations and worked with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Erie County to identify families of which they could provide special gifts for this year.

This was the second year that NFTA Transit Police helped support less fortunate families during the holiday season. The police shopped for the gifts based on wish lists from the children of the selected families as well as wrapped and delivered the gifts. NFTA’s Transit Police Chief George Gast said, “If a child asked for a pair of jeans, they were able to buy them three pairs of jeans because of the overwhelming response of generosity on the part of the officers of the department.“

Officer Mike Davies who also helped coordinate the drive throughout the department, said, “This was an extraordinary effort on behalf of the Officers. We all feel grateful that with our collective blessings that we were able to share some good will with these families in need, and especially at this time of year.” To see the story reported on WGRZ, click

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest provider of youth mentoring services in the United States. Agency representatives and
volunteers work with others to help children realize their potential and build better futures.