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, 37 years later we find ourselves being recognized as one of the poorest cities in the country.  It's no surprise that over 8,300 children (ages 0-12) and over 5,700 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
  • Books
  • 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
  •  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 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 until Dec. 16

Erie County Fairgrounds Festival of Lights: Hamburg, Friday-Sunday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Nov. 23 through Dec. 16

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

Mattress Firm - during regular business hours. (see a list of locations below)

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 Office499 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, next to Basil Chevy, Depew, NY 14043, 716-683-3400 Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Lockport: 5885 S. Transit Road, Lockport, next to Verizon, NY 14094, 716-434-4100 Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Amherst: 1242 Niagara Falls Blvd., across from Boulevard Mall,   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, at Southwestern Blvd. 716-649-5500

Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm



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. 7.

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, Dipson Theatres and Toys For Tots.