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One time foster child, making sure WNY foster children have a Christmas to remember

Posted at 11:28 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 23:29:11-05

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Some holiday cheer is cooking up at Sweet Ness 7 Cafe. For the past three years this West Side eatery has been home to snowflakes hanging in the window. It’s a part of Project Snowflake. The snowflakes have the name of a child in foster care and a list of what they want for Christmas.

The gifts go to foster kids with Native American Community Services. This year two people found a way to pool enough money to buy gifts for 24 kids in foster care.

“I wanted to do more than just a gift or two for them. I want it to buy Christmas,” said Carley Mealey, one of the two who donated.

She has a very special reason why she gave. She was a foster kid, too.

“I went through several Christmases as teenager in the system,” said Mealey.

Carley and her friend Jeffrey Culmer pooled together with friends, family and co-workers to buy the presents.

There is a need for foster care parents. You can learn more by calling 716-874-2797 ext 303.