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Follow our reindeer as he gives you an inside look into Hillside Special Santas and the youth and families served through this valuable holiday program.

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2014 Special Santas Button!

October 16, 2014
Posted by Hillside Foundations

The 2014 Special Santas button has been selected!
After a close vote, the youth at Crestwood chose the button design featuring Felix the reindeer and his little sister Ruby building a snow man!  The buttons will be handed out to donors at Special Santas headquarters while supplies last.  For many donors, the button is a cherished part of the Special Santas tradition. Do you have a collection of buttons? Share them on social media and tag them #SpecialSantas so we can share them with our @SpecialSantas followers!

Hillside Special Santas is the holiday giving program of Hillside Family of Agencies affiliates, that benefits youth and families whom receive residential, community-based, day treatment and or customized services through one of a multitude of programs the agency provides to local communities throughout New York State and Prince George’s County, Maryland.

You can become a Special Santa by visiting one of our community partners in November to pick up a wish tag, by checking our list of most needed gifts and dropping it off at Special Santas Headquarters starting 11/17 or by shopping online!  Check out our wish list on Amazon.com and if you use smile.amazon.com Amazon will donate 0.5 % of the price of eligible purchases back to Hillside, just search for Hillside Children's Foundation!

A message from Felix the Reindeer!

November 22, 2013
Posted by Application

Hi Special Santas!  Have you heard of Flat Stanley? He gets to travel all around the world thanks to the help of his friends. I thought that sounded like fun and thought I would set out on adventures of my own.  Of course my little sister Ruby heard about my plans and wants to tag along.  Can you help us out?  All you need to do is download this picture of us, color it, cut it out and take it with you to someplace special!  Take a photo and email it to ssanta@hillside.com.  Don't forget to include where the photo was taken and your name in the email.  You can also post your photos on Facebook and Twitter with the tag #FlatFelixandRuby.  We will also share your photos on our special Flat Felix and Ruby Facebook album!  Thank you for helping us out! We can't wait to see all of the places we will go!





And the winners of the reindeer naming contest are……

September 03, 2013
Posted by Hillside Foundations


  Felix Ruby 2013

And the winners of the reindeer naming contest are……

Felix with 35% of the vote and Ruby with 40% of the vote!
Thank you to everyone who voted!

The Hillside Special Santas Program benefits youth and families served by Crestwood Children’s Center, Hillside Children's Center, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and Snell Farm Children’s Center. Some youth and their families do not have the resources for gifts at holiday time. The goal of Hillside Special Santas is to try to give each child in the family three gifts.

Hillside Special Santa Headquarters will be open for gift donations beginning Monday, October 28th through December 30th. Check www.hillside.com/specialsantas for more information including locations and most needed gifts.


Reindeer Names!

August 16, 2013
Posted by Hillside Foundations

/uploadedImages/6Donate/Special_Santas/ReindeerSmall.jpg    Recently we asked our youth at Hillside to help us name our Special Santa Reindeer and his brand new little sister. They came up with so many great suggestions that we couldn't decide so we are asking you to help us!  Starting on Monday 8/19 you will be able to vote for your favorite boy reindeer name on Facebook. The following week it will be his little sister's turn.  We will announce the winning selections on Tuesday, September 3rd! Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to vote and get naming news!  To learn more about the Special Santa Program visit the Special Santas page.

Special Santa Gift Needs

December 08, 2011
Posted by Application


Need ideas for your Special Santas shopping?

- MP3 Players (under $25)
- Tops, Walmart or Wegmans Gift Cards ($25 value)
- footballs, basketballs and soccer balls
- board games for age 10+
- gloves, mittens, and or scarves for all ages. . .

- body sprays

You can drop gifts off at our headquarters at 2075 Scottsville Road 9-4:30 Monday - Friday. We will also be open Saturday, December 10th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.,

Saturday, December 17th & Sunday, December 18th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


If you're not in the Scottsville area please visit one of our Special Santa Community Partners that are listed here. We have drop off locations in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse! 

Happy Holidays!

Don't forget to follow Special Santas on Twitter!  @specialsantas

Syracuse Crunch Players Shop for Hillside Special Santas

December 07, 2011
Posted by Application

On November 22nd, 2012, Syracuse Crunch players pulled on their elf hats and helped out with some important Christmas shopping for Hillside Family of Agencies. Troy Bodie, Patrick Maroon, Smith, Mat Clark, and J.F. Jacques all picked out gifts as part of the Hillside Special Santa's gift drive.

“There were a couple deals in there. I might have to go back on my own,” Mat Clark said. “There’s a lot cool stuff we could have picked out for these kids, but we had to throw some clothes in there, just so it’s not just toys.”

Syracuse Crunch fans were also encouraged to bring new donations to the Crunch's November 25th home game against the Binghamton Senators. The fans didn't disappoint and brought many gifts for Hillside youth in need this holiday season!  Thanks to the Syracuse Crunch, and thanks to the Crunch fans for their generosity!


Click here to view video footage of Crunch players shopping for Hillside Special Santas.

Tim Hortons joins the Hillside Special Santas team of community partners in CNY

November 05, 2010
Posted by Application

One of the best things about being a Hillside Special Santa is how good it makes you feel to help others in need, but it has never tasted this good! Most of us know that Tim Hortons serves up a delicious cup of coffee, but they’re also committed to serving local communities and supporting initiatives that make a difference. That is why we are pleased to welcome Tim Hortons to our team of community partners in Central New York! This new partnership will go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of serving more than 5,000 children and families this holiday season.


So, bring your gifts to Syracuse area Tim Hortons locations this holiday season between November 19th – December 17th. And, keep warm this season with a fresh cup of coffee while you’re there!


Visit Tim Hortons at www.timhortons.com