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, 31 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 almost 11,000 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.

You may make a donation using PayPal by clicking here 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:

  • 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
  • Rainbow Loom
  • 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
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 Center box office - Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., show times through intermission until Dec. 15
 
Erie County Fairgrounds Festival of Lights, Hamburg, Friday-Sunday 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 15
 
HUNT Real Estate Corp.
Locations Hours
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
650 Main St.
East Aurora, NY 14052
716-652-1234
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 Office
2835 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150
716-834-5400
Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Lancaster Office
1765 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 Office
475 Center Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
716-754-4450
Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Lockport Office
Ulrich City Centre
Suite 5
Lockport, NY 14094
716-434-6266
Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:00PM
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
Sat 9:00AM - Noon
West Seneca Office
Southgate Plaza
Corner of Seneca & Union
1110 Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
716-675-4868
Mon - Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Wheatfield Office
3571 Niagara Falls Blvd #4
Wheatfield, NY 14120
716-694-0400
Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - Noon
Sun 9:00AM - Noon
Williamsville/Clarence Office
8780 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, 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
 
 
MattressFirm
Locations Hours
Batavia
8351 Lewiston Road
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
Depew, NY 14043
716-683-3400
Monday-Friday:  10am-9pm
Saturday:  10am-6pm
Sunday:  12pm-5pm
Lockport
5885 S. Transit Road
Lockport, NY 14094
716-434-4100
Monday-Friday:  10am-9pm
Saturday:  10am-6pm
Sunday:  12pm-5pm
Tonawanda
1242 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
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
Monday-Saturday:  10am-9pm
Sunday:  11am-6pm

Niagara County and Niagara Falls
 
Cornerstone Community Credit Union
Locations Hours
6485 S. Transit Road Lockport, NY 14094 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
55 Stevens St. Lockport, NY 14094 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5 State St. Middleport, NY 14105 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
107 Main St. N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Wegmans on Military Road, Niagara Falls - 24hrs
 
Tops Friendly Markets in Lewiston, 906 Center Street - 6AM - 10PM
 
Edward Jones - 738 Cayuga Street, Lewiston - 9AM - 5PM
 
Tin Pan Alley - 775 Cayuga Street, Lewiston - 9AM - 5PM
 

If you need help for the holidays, please call 2-1-1 or 1(888) 696-921 to get application information. Applications accepted through Dec. 6.

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 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, Elim Community Corporation 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.