For 37 years, hundreds of volunteers have crawled out of bed early, braved a mixed bag of weather and taken to the streets to hawk copies of The Buffalo News. It’s all in the name of Kids Day, a fundraiser The News spearheads to raise money for organizations serving local children.
Kids Day may be The News’ most visible community project. Presented by Tops Friendly Market, it has raised nearly $5 million to benefit important institutions such as John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and Cradle Beach. But it’s just one illustration of how The News’ impact on Western New York extends beyond our journalistic mission.
The News and its employees have a proud history of supporting cultural organizations, community events and charitable endeavors. The Buffalo Evening News’ even had its own touring act back in the 1930s with the Carrier Boy's Harmonica Band. Fast forward to today and in 2019 alone, we sponsored more than 60 events – each with a unique mission that helps make Buffalo vibrant. Efforts organized by The News focus on two areas: children and literacy.
We are a lead organization in Books for Kids, an effort founded by Project Flight. Each year we collect and distributes books to help children in need build a foundation for success. Last year alone, Books for Kids collected 53,000 books. Since its inception in 1995, more than 2 million books have been collected.
In November, we will mark the 39th year of another annual tradition: The News Neediest Fund. News Neediest is a holiday fundraiser that supports children and families who can use help during the holidays – and beyond. Last year the campaign, which is part of the WNY Holiday Partnership, raised $165,000 for FeedMore WNY and reached 17,700 homes with meals.
In 1981, The News helped launch the Junior League of Buffalo’s biennial Decorators’ Show House. Over the past two decades, the Show House has become one of the area’s most popular events. The 20 editions of the Show House have raised more than $4 million for everything from educational programs to cultural organizations.
Drawing on our history of excellence in editorial cartooning, The News organizes an annual editorial cartooning contest for grades 5 through 12. Now in its 26th year, the contest gets students thinking critically about current events and recognizes their outstanding creativity in expressing themselves.
Like so many things, some of these efforts have been paused or altered due to Covid-19, but we’re excited to continue this legacy for years to come. As organizers, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to being a good neighbor in the City of Good Neighbors.