Making Buffalo Thankful

The holiday season is upon us! To most, that means time with family, the exchanging of gifts and an abundance of turkey and pies. To those less fortunate, it means seeking shelter, finding warm clothes and figuring out the next meal.

This is a critical time in Buffalo to remember what you are thankful for and to show that thanks through giving back. As many of us know, Buffalo is the third poorest city in the country, the poverty rate is more than twice the national rate, and more than 50% of our children are living in poverty.

Spending time with loved ones is a wonderful way to spend the holidays, but why not think about how that time is spent.

Here are just a few ways to give back.

Buffalo City Mission

Meals are a big deal at the Buffalo City Mission. For just $19.80 you can sponsor a table of 10 meals for those who are hungry, hurting and waiting to take that first step.

Food Bank of WNY

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. You can donate your time or goods and change the lives of those benefiting from the Food Bank. Every $1 donation helps provide approximately six meals for hungry families in need.

Journey's End Refugee Services

We all know how cold it can get this time of year. Refugees arriving in Buffalo come nothing but with the shirt on their backs. Coats, gloves and scarves will make the transition healthy and happy.

Matt Urban Hope Center

Things as small as socks and toiletries are needed at the Hope Center. Hosting a drive at your company or school is a small way to make a big difference.

Salvation Army

It's never been easier to donate goods. When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at the Family Stores. And the proceeds are used to fund the Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those in the grip of addiction find help, hope, and a second chance at life.

The Service Collaborative of WNY (TSC)

TSC creates opportunities for all individuals to serve their communities, challenging them to turn their ideals into action and their passion into positive change. Their new website,, is constantly updated with opportunities to help.

Next time you are out shopping for the holidays, perhaps add an extra little something in your cart for a person in need.

We're Making Buffalo Thankful and invite you to as well! Share your thankful stories with us by using the hashtag #MakingBuffaloThankful. Together, we can Make Buffalo Better.