When The News Neediest Fund kicked off in 1982, there was an immediate need to help those in our community who could not afford holiday gifts for their children. Sadly, 35 years later we find ourselves being recognized as the third poorest city in the country with a high unemployment rate. It's no surprise that almost 11,000 children were helped by the WNY Holiday Partnership last year.
Please join The News and its many partners in making sure that no child in our community is forgotten during the holidays.
Consider making a cash donation to The News Neediest Fund. All donations go to purchasing holiday meals and gifts. Because of the efforts of local companies and agencies, every donated dollar goes back into the community.
You may make a donation by clicking the donate button below, or send a check to The News Neediest c/o The Buffalo News, PO Box 2667, Buffalo, NY 14240-9873.
If you are purchasing gifts, we especially need help finding gifts for children ages 8-12. Here are some suggestions:
- Advanced Legos
- Arts and crafts kits
- Athletic and sporting goods equipment
- Board games
- Music CDs/CD Players
- Gift certificates
- Hair straighteners/Dryers/Irons
- Hand-held electronic games, iPods
- Personal care/health and beauty items
- Jewelry/hair accessories/watches
- MP3 players/Movies/DVDs
- Pro Sports Merchandise
- Rainbow Loom
- Skateboards, rollerblades/scooters
- Video games
Gifts of unwrapped toys will be accepted at the following locations:
The Buffalo News Lobby: Washington and Scott streets, downtown Buffalo7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (for directions, click here)
Wegmans: Toys only/All locations in Erie and Niagara counties, 24 hours daily
Shea's Performing Arts Center box office: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., show times through intermission until Dec. 16
Erie County Fairgrounds Festival of Lights: Hamburg, Friday-Sunday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Nov. 25 through Dec. 11
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" Donation locations: Buffalo-ny.toysfortots.org
Excuria Salon & Spa - 5725 Main St, Williamsville (during regular business hours)
Canisius College Koessler Athletic Center - 1833 Main St, Buffalo
HUNT Real Estate Corp.
|Akron Office: 43 Main St.Akron, NY 14001||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:30PM|
|Amherst Office: 4363 Main St.Amherst, NY 14226, 716-832-4838||Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Sat 9:00AM - Noon, Sun 9:00AM - Noon|
|East Aurora Office: 650 Main St., East Aurora, NY 14052, 716-652-1234||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Hamburg Office: 5546 Camp Rd.Hamburg, NY 14075, 716-648-2300||Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Sat 9:30AM - 2:00PM, Sun 9:30AM - 12:30PM|
|Kenton Office2835 Sheridan DriveTonawanda, NY 14150, 716-834-5400||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Lancaster Office1765 Como Park Blvd.Lancaster, NY 14086, 716-681-3900||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 6:00PM, Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM, Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM|
|Lewiston Office475 Center StreetLewiston, NY 14092, 716-754-4450||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Lockport Office: 477 S. Transit Road, Suite 900, Lockport, NY 14094, 716-434-6266||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 7:00PM|
|Metropolitan Office: 720 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222, 716-883-2200||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Orchard Park Office: 4283 S. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127, 716-662-9701||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 6:00PM|
|West Seneca Office: Southgate Plaza, Corner of Seneca & Union, 1110 Union RoadWest Seneca, NY 14224, 716-675-4868||Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM|
|Wheatfield Office: 3070 Niagara Falls Blvd, Wheatfield, NY 14120, 716-694-0400||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM|
|Williamsville/Clarence Office: 8780 Sheridan DriveWilliamsville, NY 14221, 716-633-5350||Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM|
|Williamsville/Village Office: 5570 Main Street, 1st Floor, Williamsville, NY 14221, 716-633-0300||Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM|
|Customer Support Center: 430 Dick Road Depew, NY 14043||9:00AM - 4:30PM|
|Batavia: 8351 Lewiston Road (Tops Plaza), Batavia, NY 14020, 585-219-4545||Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm|
|Willamsville: 4691 Transit Road at Sheridan, Williamsville, NY 14221, 716-626-6355||Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm|
|Lancaster/Depew: 5071 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043, 716-683-3400||Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm|
|Lockport: 5885 S. Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094, 716-434-4100||Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm|
|Tonawanda: 1242 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, NY 14150, 716-836-4300||Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm|
|Hamburg: McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Pkwy, Next to Sears, Blasdell, NY 14219, 716-828-1741
4125 McKinley Parkway
|Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm|
Niagara County and Niagara Falls
Wegmans on Military Road: Niagara Falls - 24hrs
Tops Friendly Markets in Lewiston: 906 Center Street - 6AM - 10PM
Cornerstone Community Credit Union (five locations) Mon-Fri - 9AM - 5PM
Edward Jones: 738 Cayuga Street, Lewiston - 9AM - 5PM
Tin Pan Alley: 775 Cayuga Street, Lewiston -11 AM - 7PM daily
If you need help for the holidays, please call 2-1-1 or 1(888) 696-9211 to get application information. Applications accepted through Dec. 9.
All recipients of the News Neediest Fund will be duplicate checked by the WNY Holiday Partnership to assure that families are not served by more than one agency.
Distribution of holiday meals purchased through cash donations to the News Neeediest Fund will be coordinated through the Food Bank of WNY.
Thank you to our partners: The United Way, The Food Bank of WNY, Olmsted Center for Sight, Wegman's, Benderson Development, Fisher Price, Toys For Tots and National Fuel.