Teen forfeits gifts to help the homeless

Posted at 9:24 AM, Dec 24, 2015

Michael Anderson a senior at West Seneca East decided to use the money his family would spend on his gifts to feed and care for those less fortunate.

"I gave up all my Christmas gifts and I plan on handing out stuff to the homeless," said Anderson.

This morning he and his family met some special people. 

"I'm a homeless veteran but they say homeless. For me it's just an excuse to get a bigger taste of Buffalo and camp out night and day with a good excuse," said Alan Lighten.

Anderson gave everyone he met coffee and donuts, which is a gesture they don't get often.

"I think it's fantastic it's like mirror reflection of what we always do," said Lighten.

Anderson's Christmas cheer doesn't end with coffee and donuts. He's walking through downtown again Christmas Eve night to give away dinner and care packages.

"I put care packages together consisting of blankets, socks, gloves, water bottle, granola bar, anything of that nature. Anything they really need," said Anderson.

When the idea of forfeiting his gifts came about Anderson didn't think twice and encourages you this Christmas to do something nice for others.

"They all mean something to this world, to this city, they all contribute in some way. Just put forth some effort and help someone out for once," said Anderson.




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