Good News Break­fast de­liv­ers for food bank

Thou­sands of pounds of toys and food col­lected for Christ­mas

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - JAMES CULIC

It was an­other ban­ner break­fast for Pro­ject Share on Fri­day as they hosted their most suc­cess­ful Good News Break­fast ever.

The event, hosted this year at the Greg Frewin Theatre, brought in more than $174,000 in toys, food and mon­e­tary do­na­tions.

“When we started this year, I said we wanted to get over the $160,000 marker this time, and we did it,” said Chris Rus­sell, an or­ga­nizer from Ni­a­gara Tran­sit. By the end of the break­fast event, a city bus was stuffed to the ceil­ing with Christ­mas good­ies which will be dis­trib­uted around the city dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. In an av­er­age De­cem­ber, Pro­ject Share will dis­trib­ute about 75,000 pounds of food, and pro­vide as­sis­tance to more than 2,000 fam­i­lies.

The Good News Break­fast, which will air on Co­geco’s Your TV, in­cluded a daz­zling per­for­mance from Ni­a­gara Bal­let of “The Nutcracker,” and a Christ­mas choir per­for­mance from River View School. While the Greg Frewin Theatre is more ac­cus­tomed to host­ing magic per­for­mances, of­fer­ing up the venue for Pro­ject Share was a no-brainer ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers.

“It was ac­tu­ally a pretty short and easy con­ver­sa­tion,” said Bran­don Green from the theatre. “Pretty much as soon as I told Alanna (Frewin) that it was for the Good News Break­fast, she said ‘yes’ and we were done.”

Mak­ing sure the event runs smoothly is no small task, and re­quires a strong team of vol­un­teers, like Rose The­mer.

“I first heard about Pro­ject Share a few years ago,” said The­mer. “It looked like a group who was do­ing im­por­tant work, and I wanted to try some­thing new so I de­cided to get in­volved. It’s been a lot of fun.”

This year, Ket­tle­bells Ni­a­gara topped all other par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses by bring­ing in $13,000 for the Good News Break­fast. The top school this year was James Morden Pub­lic School.

Al­though the Good News Break­fast has wrapped up, do­na­tions can still be made di­rectly to Pro­ject Share (4129 Stan­ley Ave.) or at any Ni­a­gara Falls gro­cery store with one of the group’s sig­na­ture red bar­rels out front. The most sought af­ter items for Pro­ject Share re­main non-per­ish­able food items like peanut but­ter, tuna, beans, and the most needed Christ­mas gift do­na­tions are those suit­able for teenagers.


Al­lie DeWit was part of the troupe from Ni­a­gara Bal­let who daz­zled the crowd at the Good News Break­fast on Fri­day morn­ing.

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