Special Santa

Hillside Special Santa 2020 has moved ONLINE!

Be a Special Santa This Year!

Special Santa, Hillside’s annual holiday giving program, is a true community collaboration that unites dozens of generous area businesses, thousands of compassionate donors and every Hillside staff member.

Last year, Special Santa provided more than 12,000 toys and gifts for nearly 4,500 young people and families served by Hillside throughout Western and Central New York, and in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Help us do it again this holiday season!

New! Changes for Special Santa 2020

SHOP ONLINE through Hillside’s Amazon Smile Charity Page

Our program has moved online for increased safety during the pandemic. We have our gift lists online at Amazon Smile.

  1. Use the Add to Cart button to purchase gifts so that items are shipped directly to one of Hillside’s 20 unique program locations.
  2. Complete a gift receipt, with your contact information, so your generosity can be recognized.

If you would like to purchase gifts for the Buffalo area, please view the lists starting with WNY. To purchase gifts for the Syracuse area choose lists starting with CNY. There is also a brief description of the children you are supporting on each Charity List.

Or, DONATE TODAY to Hillside’s Special Santa 2020 Gift Fund

  • Your donations will directly support Special Santa, and ensure that every wish is fulfilled this year
  • As little as $25 will provide one or more gifts for a single child
  • Your $250 donation can support gifts for multiple children in a family!

If mailing a check is your preference please send to:

Hillside Children’s Foundation
Attn: Special Santa
PO Box 1901, Albany, NY 12201-1907

SPREAD THE WORD! We need your help to tell your friends and neighbors about this important change this year. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, and share our Special Santa posts.

Thank you for helping to brighten the holidays for youth and families in need!

Important Dates

Friday, October 30:
Hillside’s Amazon Smile Charity Page goes live
Saturday, December 12:
Last day for Amazon Smile purchases.
Thursday, December 24:
Special Santa closes for the season … but the smiles are only beginning for our youth!

Many thanks to our sponsor!

Questions? Contact us any time this season!

Special Santa Contact


Special Santa Donation Form