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, 38 years later we find ourselves being recognized as one of the poorest cities in the country. It's no surprise that 7,644 children (ages 0-12) and over 5,400 families received gifts or holiday food items from 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/or 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. (a small administrative fee is charged by PayPal)
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
- Pro Sports Merchandise
- 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 Buffalo 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m. to 4 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
Erie County Fairgrounds Festival of Lights: Nov. 29- Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8, Dec. 13-15, Dec. 18-23: 5 to 9pm
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 - 1829 Main St, Buffalo (during scheduled games)
Jim Murphy Buick/GMC - 3000 Walden Ave, Depew, during regular business hours
HUNT Real Estate Corp. -recommended to call prior to dropping toys off to verify hours of operation. (see a list of locations below)
|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: 728 Main St., East Aurora, NY 14052, 716-652-1234
Grand Island Office: 2098 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072 716-775-7500
|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 Office750 Onondaga St. StreetLewiston, NY 14092, 716-754-4482||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|
To find out where to apply or if you have questions regarding eligibility or what documentation is reguired, call 211 or (888) 696-9211 or text your zip code to 898-211.
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 FeedMore WNY.
Thank you to our partners: The United Way, FeedMore WNY, Olmsted Center for Sight, Wegman's, Benderson Development, National Grid, Fisher Price, Dipson Theatres and Toys For Tots.