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Christmas in WNY: 7 stories highlighting good neighbors

Posted at 12:00 AM, Dec 24, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As 2018 winds down, we're celebrating stories of the good neighbors of Western New York. Here are seven examples of people giving back this year.

Kenmore's Lou Mang donates his trumpet to a refugee who had to leave his instrument behind

Gabriel Mussafiri moved from Uganda to Buffalo this fall. The 16-year-old boy played trumpet in a marching band and with his church, but he had to leave it behind when his family moved.When Lou Mang of Kenmore heard the young trumpet player needed an instrument, he donated his own.

16-year-old refugee forced to leave trumpet behind. Buffalo keeps music alive.

West Seneca's Ryan Graves puts in more than 1,000 hours of work to spread holiday cheer

Ryan Graves sets up more than 50,000 lights at his Pinewood Drive home in West Seneca. They're synced to music ranging from "Frosty the Snowman" and the Trans Siberian Orchestra to audio from Jack Eichel's first NHL goal!

West Seneca man puts hours & hours into music and lights show

Bills safety Jordan Poyer takes more than a dozen kids fighting cancer on a Target shopping spree

A week before Christmas, Poyer took children from Camp Good Days to Targetin Orchard Park. It was a special trip for Adriana Butler of Clarence Center-- she just finished her last treatment of chemotherapy.

Poyer provides shopping sprees for sick kids

Fisher-Price donates RC cars for patients at Oishei Children's Hospital

Fisher-Price gave cars big enough for kids to ride in to Oishei Children's Hospital. Patients will ride in the remote control cars on the way to the operating room.

Fisher-Price donates custom cars to Oishei

A fourth grader gives a high school athlete emergency insulin, saving the day

In September, Wilson sophomore Benjamin Mahar was playing football against the Akron Tigers when he lost his omnipod-pump mid-play. Then, Mahar realized he didn't have any insulin with him. He was more than 45 minutes away from home, but luckily, fourth grader Matthew Wood had insulin with him right in the stands.

In the right place at the right time

'Cheektavegas Griswolds' set up more than 43 inflatable decorations in their front yard

Danny McPhee's lawn on Losson Road in Cheektowaga has become a holiday destinationfor many Western New York families. Now, friends and family members are buying inflatables as gifts for the McPhees.

Meet the Cheektavegas Griswolds and their massive light display

Two WNY high schools united by unified basketball

Sweet Home High School and Newfane High School teamed up last spring to play a regular season game during school hours, encouraging students and staff to stick around to watch the teams compete. More than a thousand people watched the game!

Unified basketball unites two WNY high schools