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.
Our 2014 Back-to-School Drive saw massive growth with 32,866 backpacks donated; a 24% increase from 2013. With your generosity, we were able to distribute these backpacks to the students most in need in our community. In the past few weeks we saw thousands of backpacks enter our warehouse and exit in the hands of teachers and school administrators to go make a difference in the lives of low-income Bay Area students.
The best part of what we do at Family Giving Tree is being able to see and share the reactions of teachers and students alike when they receive their brand new backpack. Amanda Kirkpatrick, a 4th grade teacher in San Jose expresses her joy, “This is so great. All week and all day the kids were asking, ‘Is it backpack time? I hope I get red pens; I hope I get pencils.’ They really come in with nothing…It means the world to them to have something that’s theirs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Seeing the joy on the kids’ faces, like the ones pictured here, makes the hard work all worthwhile. Thank you for your generosity, without which this successful drive would not have been possible.
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.