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Moats supports victims of fire

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats has provided $5,000 worth of support to a Buffalo family that lost all of its possessions in a house fire last month, the American Red Cross reports. Moats purchased toys and computers for the family's children, furniture and other necessities. He delivered the gifts at a private dinner catered by One Eyed Jack's restaurant at the administrative headquarters of the American Red Cross serving Erie and Niagara counties. Due to concerns regarding client confidentiality, the organization is keeping the family's identity anonymous.

"This family has been through so much the past few weeks, and it’s my honor to be able to help them get back on their feet," Moats said. "I hope all of Western New York will join me in helping our neighbors in need by making a donation to the American Red Cross."

The family has been receiving assistance from the Red Cross since the fire in early April. Last year 1,046 people in Erie and Niagara counties received food, clothing, shelter and support from the organization after a fire or other disaster.

Moats, meanwhile, also is one of several NFL players designated as a United Way worldwide spokesman. He has supported United Way programs for numerous years and encourages people to volunteer time in their communities.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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