Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The annual holiday fundraising drive is currently under way for the Sister Mary Loretto Memorial Soup Kitchen.
While the kitchen receives funding from a variety of sources, the biggest source of revenue is the annual drive that goes until Christmas Eve.
Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one; the donor’s name, the amount of the donation and the sentiments of the donor will be published. Donors can also remain anonymous. The donations, along with the completed coupons, can be dropped off at any First Niagara Bank or mailed to First Niagara Bank, 55 East Ave., Lockport, NY 14094.
The holiday drive is particularly important this year, because costs to run the kitchen have risen. Total expenses are up around $140,000 to run the place, even with a volunteer staff. The kitchen is staffed with a cook and a volunteer staff, roughly 10 to 12 people each day.
Sister Mary Loretto moved her soup kitchen to the Lockport Salvation Army back in 1984, just a couple of years after the kitchen opened.