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
  • 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
  • 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 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

Valu Home Centers- see a list of locations below

Lackawanna: 1216 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218

Orchard Park: 3129 Orchard Park Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127

South Cheektowaga: 71 S. Rossler Ave, Buffalo, NY 14206

Hamburg: 6170 S. Park Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075

Lancaster: 4875 Transit Rd, Lancaster, NY 14043

North Cheektowaga: 620 Dick Rd, Depew, NY 14043

Buffalo: 1841 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207

Kenmore: 396 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14223

East Aurora: 123 Grey St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Amherst: 3275 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, NY 14226

Tonawanda: 4264 Delaware Ave, Tonawanda, NY 14150

Clarence: 5466 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221

North Tonawanda: 1365 Nash Rd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Alden: 13404 Broadway, Alden, NY 14004

Niagara Falls: 6001 Porter Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Springville: 100 S. Cascade Dr, Springville, NY 14141

Lockport: 5900 S. Transit Rd, Lockport, NY 14094

Gowanda: 262 Buffalo St, Gowanda, NY 14070

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.