Special Santa

Hillside Special Santa

Hillside Special Santa is the holiday giving program for Hillside Family of Agencies.  This program benefits youth and families who receive residential, community-based, day treatment and/or customized services throughout New York State and the Greater Washington, D.C. area, who find themselves in need of assistance during the holiday season.

Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful donors, community partners and volunteers, the Hillside Special Santa program is able to collaborate with staff and families to provide 3 gifts to each of the youth receiving services, as well as any other children residing in that home.

Important Information about the 2018 Special Santa Holiday Season:

Phone lines open Monday, October 1, 2018

Special Santa Headquarters opens Thursday, November 1, 2018

For questions or more information, please email: ssanta@hillside.com

Special Santa Headquarters, Community Partner Listings & Staff by Region:

Central New York

215 Wyoming Street
Syracuse, NY  13204
Coordinator: Erin Walsh
Phone: (315) 396-6938
Hours: M-F, 9am-4pm
Donation Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Western New York 

66 Stevens Street
Lockport, NY  14094
Coordinator: Judy Bellafaire
(716) 550-1840
Hours: Varied – Call Ahead
Donation Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Rochester Region

2075 Scottsville Road, Old Sleepy Hollow Cottage
Rochester, NY  14623
Coordinator: Amy Gallaher
(585) 256-7630
Hours: CLICK HERE
Donation Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018

Special Santa Community Partners will begin hanging wish tags at their discretion, after November 1st, 2017. Contact your local location for details.

Most Requested Gifts:

Art & craft supplies (sketch books, paint sets, etc.)
Backpacks
Barbie and baby dolls (all ethnicities)
Bath and Body Sets/Toiletries (men & women)
Board games, card games, puzzles (all ages)
Books (all ages)
Cosmetics (nail polish, eye makeup, lip gloss, etc.)
Fishing poles and tackle
Fleece blankets and pillow pets
Hair accessories (clips, decorative headbands, etc.)
Hair appliances (blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners)
Headphones (over-ear & ear bud style – under $25)
Hooded & zip-up sweatshirts (all sizes)
Infant and toddler toys
Lego sets (all ages)
Socks and undershirts (all sizes and genders)
Model cars, helicopters, airplanes
Remote control cars/trucks
Sporting equipment (basketballs, footballs, soccer balls – NO BASEBALLS PLEASE)
Watches & wallets (digital & analog - men & women)
Winter outerwear (all sizes and genders)

Community Partners and Sponsors

Special thanks to our corporate community partners and sponsors for supporting the Hillside Special Santa Program.

Thank you to all the wonderful donors, community partners and volunteers across ALL regions, who help make the holiday season extra special for the youth and families served by the Hillside Special Santa Program.