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Chesapeake family spends 6th year hosting Thanksgiving Community Dinner

For the 6th year in a row, the Buffalow family in Chesapeake is spending their Thanksgiving giving back to their South Norfolk community.

Since 2010, the family has fixed a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimming and desserts for anyone who wants to partake.

The idea began in 2010 when Nischelle Buffalow wanted to do something to give back on Thanksgiving. That year, the family served about 25 people for dinner. In 2011, that number doubled. In 2012, they served over 150 people. In 2013, over 200 people showed up.

Since then, the family expects anywhere from 300-500 guests to be served on site.

They also will deliver over 200 meals to homeless shelters, adult living facilities and the elderly.

The family also collects donated clothing and blankets to give out to those in need.

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Chesapeake woman takes action once again to warm bodies, hearts of needy children

Chesapeake, Va. – A Chesapeake woman says she knows the true meaning of Christmas — giving back to others.

Nischelle Buffalow’s Warm and Fuzzy Christmas Coat Drive is spreading holiday cheer to families in need.

Buffalow is a former People Taking Action award winner from 2012.

Monday night’s giveaway marked its third year. Buffalow, along with several friends and family, gave away coats, socks, scarfs, hats, gloves, and blankets.

A warm meal was also added to bring joy to disadvantaged children as well as elderly in Chesapeake.

In addition, food baskets with assorted goodies were made up for the grandparents taking care of their grandchildren and others needing help.

Even though the giveaway was already held, there’s still time to donate coats. You can still drop off donations at 513 B St Chesapeake, Va. For more information about this drive, as well Buffalow’s Back-to-School drive, you can email Buffalow at shellglamour@yahoo.com.

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Over 300 expected at Chesapeake family’s 5th Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner

The Buffalow family in Chesapeake spends every Thanksgiving giving back to their South Norfolk community.

Since 2010, the family has fixed a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimming and desserts for anyone who wants to partake.

The idea began in 2010 when Nischelle Buffalow wanted to do something to give back on Thanksgiving. That year, the family served about 25 people for dinner. In 2011, that number doubled. In 2012, they served over 150 people. And in 2013, over 200 people showed up.

This year, the family is expecting anywhere from 300-500 guests to be served on site.

They also will deliver over 200 meals to homeless shelters, adult living facilities and the elderly.

The family also collects donated clothing and blankets to give out to those in need.

Approximately 75 volunteers help the family. The Perfect House Team and the South Norfolk Eagles Club are big supporters.

Sixteen turkeys were donated anonymously this year. Four turkeys were donated by the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. Even the oil that goes in the deep fryer was donated.

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Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner in Chesapeake

Chesapeake, Va. – The Buffalow family and friends are inviting the public to a free Thanksgiving Feast.

Join in the festivities, and enjoy a holiday meal with members of the Hampton Roads community.

The Buffalow family will also deliver dinners to the elderly residents of Chesapeake, within a certain area. The Buffalow family asks those who are interested to please call to see if you are in the delivery zone. Contact Nischelle Buffalow at 757-739-5121.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

For event information and additional questions, please contact Nischelle Buffalow at 757-739-5121.

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Family takes action for South Norfolk community

Tonight – good news in Chesapeake.

Two weeks ago, NewsChannel 3 took action to help the Buffalow family in their quest to make sure children in South Norfolk are warm this winter.

Nischelle Buffalow and her family started the Warm and Fuzzy Coat and Sock Drive after seeing the need on their Thanksgiving Day event.

NewsChannel 3 helped jump start the effort by taking the Buffalows on a shopping spree – buying $1,000 worth of socks and coats for the drive.

Since our story aired, several members of the community have been inspired to take action as well.

Nischelle Buffalow sent us photos of the coats and socks she’s been able to buy with cash donations – including one of $500 from several Secret Santas who saw NewsChannel 3’s story.

All the coats and socks will be delivered to children in need in South Norfolk between now and Christmas Day.

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NewsChannel 3 takes organizer of ‘Warm and Fuzzy Coats and Socks Drive’ shopping for needy kids

On Tuesday, NewsChannel 3 honored Nischelle Buffalow with a People Taking Action Award.
On Thanksgiving, the Buffalow Family opened their hearts and South Norfolk home to anyone in need with a huge home-cooked meal and a clothing drive.

You can see NewsChannel 3’s coverage of the Thanksgiving Day event here.

One thing Buffalow noticed was that the kids who took advantage of the clothing drive were in need of socks and coats.

So she decided to Take Action and organize the Warm and Fuzzy Coats and Socks Drive to collect enough to clothe 100 kids in need in South Norfolk this Christmas.

That’s in addition to the food baskets that the family was already planning on giving out.

On Tuesday, NewsChannel 3 had two surprises for Nischelle Buffalow.

The first: a People Taking Action Award along with a $100 VISA Gift Card from our community partners at Southern Bank.

The second was a $1,000 grant and shopping trip to Target to buy socks and coats for the drive.

“I’m just overwhelmed and I can’t thank you enough for thinking about us for this Christmas,” Buffalow said. “Warm and Fuzzy – our first Christmas drive – and the kids will be thankful for you as well.”

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Here’s the Good News: Family takes action for their community

Today, NewsChannel 3 presented Nischelle Buffalow with a People Taking Action Award!

You may remember on Thanksgiving, the Buffalow Family cooked a meal for their entire South Norfolk community to enjoy – and held a clothing drive as well.

Tune in tonight at 6 on NewsChannel 3 to see Nischelle’s reaction to the PTA and the HUGE SURPRISE we had in store for her right afterwards!

NewsChannel 3’s Todd Corillo has the Good News at 6.