As we approach the last weekend before the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays, I'm sure your minds are wrapped around getting those last-minute gifts for family and friends and making arrangements to see them.  That's understandable, I mean it is that time of the year.  However, I can't help but to think about those who won't be able to enjoy those rituals we take for granted.

This year in particular, we've seen families scarred and destroyed by unfortunate events.  Between unfortunate accidents and most recently, senseless killings, family members are left to pick up the pieces at the time of the year when family matters most.  And that, quite frankly, is sad and heartbreaking.

This really rings true in the case of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski,  who's life was taken abruptly while investigating a house robbery on December 12.  The senseless killing of P.O. Figoski, a 22 year veteran of the NYPD,  left a family without a father to care for them, a wife without a husband, and four daughters without a dad to celebrate Christmas with.  And while it's bad enough to lose a parent in such a fashion, to have the memory of this type of loss come up at this time of year will always be difficult to endure.

That being said, fund-raising efforts have already begun to establish an education fund for the children.  If you would like to donate to the fund, there is a website that you can refer to for donations: http://www.nycpolicefoundation.org/netcommunity//

We are also doing our part to help out the Figoski family.  Our annual Holiday Party takes place this Sunday (6:30p) and while we're doing our bit to give back to you for another great year (and you know how we do it), we're asking you to do something for us:  We will be collecting a $20 donation from everyone, with ALL proceeds going to the Education Fund for the Figoski children.

So while we want everyone to enjoy themselves at our now-legendary holiday party, keep in mind that you'll also be doing something good for a family that could use all the support they can get.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Figoski family.  R.I.P. Peter....

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