Our Back to School Warehouse is open and already backpacks are coming in! Over 600 volunteers of all ages will sort and prepare the backpacks for distribution to over 190 schools and agencies. The more backpacks that come to our warehouse means the more low-income students we are able to help in the community. Our goal this drive is 27,000 backpacks; that's 27,000 local students entering the classroom ready to succeed and take ownership in their learning.
It seems like an ambitious goal, but according to 2012 statistics, there are more than 353,000 students in the Bay Area who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. It's really just a drop in the bucket. Click here to help equip more low-income students with the tools needed to help break the cycle of poverty. Your donation is going towards making our goal a reality.
It may only be the beginning of August, but Family Giving Tree is already preparing to fulfill the wishes of children in need this upcoming holiday season. In fact, over 300 agencies are going through orientation during early August to assure we gather all the wonderful, unique wishes of low-income children from around the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
As a part of the Holiday Wish Drive, this project makes sure that every child we help has their wish fulfilled and we need your help. Because of your donations, through this project, we were able to fulfill the wishes of 122 children. We enjoyed seeing the looks on their faces as they received their gifts and were excited to able to share those moments with you. There are still 540 children left who need your donation to fulfill their wishes. Click here (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fulfill-holiday-wishes-for-724-bay-area-children/) to close the gap and deliver joy to children in need.
The children are so grateful for your generosity this past holiday that words hardly do their joy justice.
Isaac, a boy who lives with Autism, was so excited that the "elves" brought him a brand new scooter. He said he would "ride on it every day" and showed it off to all the other children at school. His mom, Cheryl said, "He could not be happier. This new scooter is all he talks about. Thank you so much."
As a part of our Holiday Wish Drive, you've helped deliver joy by fulfilling the wish of Isaac and 68,399 other low-income children. Thank you for all of your support.