The annual Hillside Special Santa program returns this holiday season.  How You Can Become a Hillside Special Santa? While shopping this holiday season, pick up an extra gift or two for a youth in the Buffalo area that is served by Hillside Family of Agencies. The holiday gift giving program benefits the 12,636 youth and families served by Hillside Family of Agencies Buffalo-area affiliates: Hillside Children’s Center and Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.  The program provides youth and family human services including child welfare, mental health, youth development, juvenile justice, special education and developmental disabilities services.  Some of the most needed items (new unwrapped gifts only, please) include:

  • Sports balls (soccer, football and basketball)
  • Jewelry
  • Sports watches for girls and boys
  • Duffle bags, drawstring bags, sports bags and purses
  • Cologne, body sprays and body kits for teenage girls and boys
  • Lotions, make-up, hair supplies for teenage girls
  • Hoodies/logo sweatshirts for all ages
  • MP3 players (under $25)
  • Learning/building toys for young children
  • Books for all ages

Through Dec. 17, gifts may be dropped off at Hillside Special Santa community partner locations including: Key Bank and Buffalo Athletic Club. To learn more about Hillside Special Santa visit and click on the Hillside Special Santa Reindeer or call (716) 848-6416.