2012 marks the 31st year of The Buffalo News News Neediest Campaign
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, 30 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 more than 12,000 families 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.
If you're from this area, you know we are the City of Good Neighbors.
You may make a donation using PayPal by clicking on the Donate button above 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:
Arts and crafts kits
Athletic and sporting goods equipment
Music CDs/CD Players
Hand-held electronic games, iPods
Personal care/health and beauty items
Gifts of unwrapped toys will be accepted at the following locations:
The Buffalo News Lobby, Washington and Scott streets, downtown Buffalo
7 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 Centert box office - Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., show times through intermission until Dec. 15
Fairgrounds Annual Holiday Lights Festival, Hamburg, Friday-Sunday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 25 through Dec. 15
HUNT Real Estate Corp.
4363 Main St.
Amherst, N.Y. 14226
Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - Noon
Sun 9:00AM - Noon
East Aurora Office
650 Main St.
East Aurora, N.Y. 14052
If you need help for the holidays, please call 2-1-1 or 1(888) 696-9211 before Dec 8 to get application information.
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. The WNY Holiday Partnership is a collaboration between The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, The United Way of Greater Niagara, The Niagara County Partnership, the Salvation Army, the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program, The Buffalo News Neediest Fund, 211 WNY - Olmsted Center for Sight, The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc., Ladies of Charity/Catholic Charities, The Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau, F.A.T.H.E.R.S., Response to Love Center, New Creation Fellowship, Hamburg Youth Bureau, Community Action Organization of Erie County, Expressway Assembly of God, Fellowship Hill Ministries, Olivencia Community Center, Resurection Lutheran church Food Pantry, True Bethel Charities and PUSH.
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, Wegman's, Benderson Development, Fisher Price and National Fuel.