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Monday, December 15, 2014

NEW BEDFORD — First Citizens' Federal Credit Union is giving everyone with a Facebook page the opportunity to help the Neediest Families Fund with just one click. The credit union, with branches across SouthCoast and Cape Cod, is donating $1 for every like, share or comment on its Dec. 1 Facebook post "25 Days of Giving Back." First Citizens' Director of Marketing Leslie Poulin said the idea was not only to raise funds for The Neediest Families Fund, but to spread the word about The Salvation Army and the good it does in the community. "Rather that just raise some money, we also wanted to raise awareness," Poulin said. "Maybe people will see it and donate a bag of clothes or some food." The bank has pledged up to $2,500 and is doing a similar fundraiser with the Cape Cod Times' Needy Fund. It is part of its annual holiday giving tradition in which the credit union donates $25,000 to charitable organizations across the region. To like, comment or share the post, find First Citizens' Federal Credit Union on Facebook and scroll down to the Dec. 1 post.


Everyone in SouthCoast knows that Sid Wainer & Son is the place to go for gourmet foods of all shapes and sizes, but some might not know how much the company strives to help its less-fortunate neighbors. The family-owned business has been offering cooking classes at its gourmet outlet at 2301 Purchase St. for the past few months, donating 100 percent proceeds to local charitable organizations. Proceeds from November's classes were donated to the Neediest Families Fund. "We wanted (the donation) to be as local as possible. We're a New Bedford company," said Henry Wainer, president and owner, who presented The Standard-Times with a $1,000 check for the fund. "The people in our area really make up the core of who we are, so we're just happy to be able to do it." The classes are becoming quite popular among SouthCoast chefs and food-lovers. The bi-monthly classes, which cost $25, are always full and have a different focus each time. For example, a "Perfect Thanksgiving Additions" class was held a week before turkey day and "New Years Eve Appetizers" is coming at the end of the month. To pre-register or for more information about the classes, visit the gourmet outlet on Purchase Street.


We'll use this space every week to give some extra thanks to all donations of $1,000 or more. So from us at The Standard-Times, thanks for helping us help The Salvation Army brighten the holidays. It can take up to a week for donations to be processed and accounted for in the daily list in The Standard-Times.

Dec. 10: Memory of Annie and Libero Busnengo ($1,000)

Dec. 15: Sid Wainer & Son ($1,000)