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Nuttier Than a Fruitcake

You know you want to get rid of them. Now you can. Anyone in the country can send their uneaten, wrapped fruitcakes—yes, fruitcakes—to a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Buffalo. This official amnesty program for the scourge of holiday bounty is aimed at raising awareness, funds and food for the Food Bank of Western New York.

“We’re trying to get all of the fruitcakes from the holiday seasons of 2003, 2002 and 2001 off the streets,” said Drew Cerza, CEO of RMI Promotions Group, who is running the campaign for the food bank.

In addition to the 50,000 to 60,000 fruitcakes they would like to accept, the food bank is encouraging other donations too. “Clear out your cupboards, take your fruitcakes, and let’s send ‘em to the needy,” said Cerza. Two fruitcakes have arrived so far.

On the same theme, the food bank is auctioning off a 32 pound fruitcake, and will hold the first-ever official fruitcake-eating contest on Dec. 30—the winner will automatically hold the world record.

On Tuesday night, Cerza also went on Canadian radio and urged Canadians to send their fruitcakes to their food banks. Due to food-density restrictions, fruitcakes are not allowed to cross the border.

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 90 points today. We feel that our initiative was one of the reasons for this,” Cerza said. “Who knows, maybe we can get our national economy back in high gear too.”

—Ashley Hahn

Photo: Alicia Solsman

Good Company, Good Candy

Young attendees enjoyed themselves at the Park South Neighborhood Association’s 6th annual Christmas party, held Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club building on Delaware Avenue in Albany. The party attracted more than 100 children, who each received a toy and a visit with Santa. Dozens of volunteers, led by neighborhood resident Victor LaFleur, solicited donated toys and food and showed up early in the morning to decorate. But the party wasn’t just for kids: Residents say it’s always a good chance to hang out with their neighbors outside of meetings.

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