Even though the snow is not yet flying, we are working hard as a proud partner in the WNY Holiday Partnership (WNYHP) – a collaborative of toy giveaway programs for the December holidays. Working together, the WNYHP members create one network where everyone can come together, without duplicate efforts and services, so that we can all maximize impact to help brighten the holidays for needy families.

Families who need help for the holidays can call 2-1-1 (simply pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1, or call 1-866-696-9211) to find out what they need to do to get help.  2-1-1 has all the information regarding the application process, including eligibility guidelines and where to go for assistance.  2-1-1 can also provide help for food and other needs and is available to call year round.

We are proud to partner with our fellow WNYHP  members:

2-1-1 WNY/CRS

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo

F.A.T.H.E.R.S.

Hamburg Youth Bureau

Ladies of Charity (Catholic Charities Parish Outreach)

Lancaster Youth Bureau

New Creation fellowship

Niagara County Partnership

Olmsted Center for Sight

Response to Love Center

The Buffalo News Neediest Fund

The Salvation Army (Buffalo, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Tonawanda & rural Service Units)

The USMC Toys for Tots program

The United Way of Niagara

Service Collaborative of WNY

By bringing together partners from different areas we can make the holidays brighter for thousands of our WNY neighbors. Please consider giving this year, or pass on this information to a family you know who is in need. Last year the WNYHP collected and distributed toys/gifts to more than 14,000 children! We’d love to make that number even higher this year.

There is always special need for toys for older children (ages 9-12) – many people focus on toys for infants, toddlers, and younger children, so there is often a shortage of items for older kids.

Anyone who wants to donate toys/gifts can also do so year round by organizing toy collections. For more information on year round donations contact Bernie Miltenberger at 887-2693 or e-mail her at bernie.miltenberger@uwbec.org.

During the holidays toys can be donated at any of the drop-off sites (all Wegmans and all Buffalo News offices) or any Toys for Tots barrel.  Everything you give will all go to the same place in the end: to families in need. This holiday season let’s work together as a community to make children’s dreams come true!

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