The holidays are over but your generosity is the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks to you, we had our most successful Holiday Wish Drive to date! Your generosity delivered joy to 71,600 low-income Bay Area children; a 5%increase from 2013. The happy memories these children have of this holiday season are all because you decided to donate and fulfill their wishes.
At Peninsula Family Services, we were able to talk to some of the children who were the recipients of your generosity. We asked, “If you could say anything to the person who gave you this gift what would you say?” They were overjoyed and wanted to give you special messages of “Happy Holidays!” “Merry Christmas!” and “Thank you for being such a good person!”
Thank you for making all this joy possible. The pictures here are a tiny sample of the distribution that we were able to capture amid the cheerful chaos. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these are worth its weight in gold.
The end of January means students have made it through half of the school year but have their supplies? Many low-income students have already run out of the supplies needed to succeed in class or do homework. For these students, running out of paper and pencils means they once again struggle to participate in the classroom. Imagine not having the tools needed to complete the work asked of you and having no way of being able to change that. You can be that change.
Cesar, a 5th grader from Clyde Arbukle Elementary shares the difference you make. “Thank you for the backpack because my parents do not have money. It is a help to my family. Thank you for helping me and other students.”
So many students still need your help. Your donation equips students in need with the tools for continued success in the classroom and beyond. Let’s make a new year’s resolution to continue to help break the cycle of poverty through education.
Do you have that giving feeling this season?
It’s that time of year again, when the air gets a bit crisper, the leaves are turning golden, and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s a time for sharing memories with loved ones. For the children helped by Family Giving Tree, those happy moments wouldn’t exist without your generosity. Shaira, 10 years old says, “Thank you so much for making my wish come true. When I opened my present, it made me feel excited. I love my radio. Thank you for caring about me.”
Children all over the Bay Area, like those pictured here, are filled with joy during the holidays because your generosity made their holiday wishes come true.
New wishes for 2014 are already arriving and waiting to be filled by you. Help deliver joy to a child in need and be the reason for their happy season. We guarantee the warm feeling you get will last longer than any size cup of cocoa.