It may be summer but our Agency Coordinator is already collecting the wishes of children in need and working with the many agencies we partner with in an effort to deliver hope and joy for the coming 2015 Holiday Wish Drive. The joy you bring and the hearts you warm by fulfilling a child’s wish makes a lasting positive impact in their lives.
One of the many agencies where we see the joy created by your generosity is the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley whose 20 year partnership with Family Giving Tree has helped nearly 3,000 at-risk children. Fred McClasland expands on this beautiful partnership: “…because of the Family Giving Tree and its generous donors, our kids get something very special--the gift they want--and they love it. We are so thankful to those donors! What we are doing today is laying the groundwork for these children. We’re investing in their future.”
Your generosity during the holidays brings immense joy to the lives of low-income children and their families. Because of your investment, their future is brighter.
We’re just days away from backpacks being due back to the warehouse for our 2015 Back-to-School Drive. With a goal of 35,000 low-income students to serve, we’re counting on you to help make a difference in the education of local students. It’s amazing that something as simple as a supply-filled backpack can have such a positive impact for a child living in poverty. Together, we are laying the foundation for future success by making the investment in students at schools like Washington Elementary today.
95% of Washington Elementary’s students live at or below the poverty level. In an area that is filled with gang violence, prostitution, and drugs, these children are given hope in the form of a backpack. Since becoming involved with Family Giving Tree in 1997, the school went from being ranked as one of the lowest in academic achievement to one of the highest, scoring 799 on California’s API in 2013. “Student achievement increases when children benefit from this support” concludes Principal Maria Evans.
Your continued generosity creates these stories of hope and allows for success to blossom in the poorest areas of our community.
Thank you so much for your generous support of our 2014 Holiday Wish Drive. This past drive saw tremendous growth in the number of wishes fulfilled. In addition to the 71,600 wishes fulfilled, we embarked on a video project to showcase all the joy the Holiday Wish Drive brings titled “Journey of a Wish”. Through interviews with children, parents, and filming of distributions, this video highlights our process for how wishes transform into holiday gifts while capturing the excitement that comes from providing the exact gift a child wished for; the joy that comes from your generosity.
“Journey of a Wish” comes at a poignant milestone in Family Giving Tree history. As we enter our 25th anniversary this coming year, this project captures the joy you give to children in need by providing those meaningful gifts. We would not have reached this milestone without you. Thank you for these past 25 years and we hope for many more.
In 25 years, together we have helped over one million children and helped over 100,000 children in one year. We look forward to the years and milestones to come. Thank you for being a part of the journey. To watch the video visit our YouTube channel.