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Dozens of congregants at a western New York church received a little something extra while attending services this past weekend.

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Envelopes each containing a $100 bill were handed out to about 85 families and individuals older than 18 near the end of Sunday’s service at The Vine Wesleyan Church in Depew (deh-PYOO’), in suburban Buffalo. The cash was accompanied by a letter telling recipients that the money could help them meet a need in their lives or the lives of someone else.

The Rev. Christopher Baldwin told The Buffalo News ( http://bit.ly/uLJwnx) that the church’s leaders decided to give to its own congregation rather than collect Christmas Eve offerings that typically have been donated to places recovering from natural disasters.

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