Western New Yorkers Giving Back

November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and that means the season of giving back for many Western New Yorkers to benefit the less fortunate. As "turkey day" approaches, many are focused on the things they are thankful for, including food, family, and even football. But Friday night in Western New York, it was all about the second part of the holidays name, the giving.

In Blasdell, Daemen College students worked with the "Feed My Starving Children" organization to pack thousands of meals to be shipped overseas.

"What we are working on doing is packaging one hundred thousand meals for starving kids around the world," student coordinator Amanda Altieri said.

Volunteers measured, weighed, sealed, and packed up boxes of food that will be sent to over 70 countries.

"Even though I don't know where the boxes went, to know somewhere in the world are thanking us, for saving their lives," Daemen Student Munish Sharma said.

At the Town Ballroom in Downtown Buffalo, it was the "Feed the City" concert to benefit the Food Bank of WNY.

"It's a wonderful unique event that we're absolutely loving and praising those who have started the event," Paula Murcurio of the Food Bank of WNY said.

Money raised from ticket sales, a silent auction, and raffle helps to buy food for hungry families right here in Western New York.

"What we would ultimately like to do is buy 350,000 pounds of food for families in 4 local counties in time for Thanksgiving," event organizer Gary Zoldos said.

And it didn't matter if you were packing or rocking, it was all about giving back.

"It's just innate to us to give back and to give to other people and to try and better their lives, so just by giving 2 hours of your time you can really make a difference in someone's life," Amanda Altieri said.

"When you have people who have so many other causes, to focus on some of the basic needs of human existance, you cannot thank people enough," Paula Mercurio.

If you would like to give back by supporting the Food Bank of WNY, head to their website http://www.foodbankwny.org/.

To support "Feed My Hungry Children," go to http://www.fmsc.org/.