Jun 29, 2021

Not Just Two Times A Year

While it may only be July, Family Giving Tree (FGT) is always thinking about the Holiday Wish Drive. During August, our staff holds training and orientations for our partner social service agencies. We are always looking for new drive leaders and informing current drive leaders about important dates for our program. Volunteers are constantly updating and improving the wish database, a critical part of our program that helps ensure that the community delivers the specific, wished-for gift.

In short, while we may run two drives, FGT is a year-round organization helping the community twelve months a year. Many ask how we are able to sustain this schedule and continue to support the community.

We do so through our Community Champions. Members’ sustaining donations allow Family Giving Tree to operate all year round. They keep the lights on, the computers whirring, and the staff busy doing the impactful work in the community. If you are interested in becoming a Community Champion and sustaining the work done in the Bay Area, email Amelia at amelia@familygivingtree.org 

Jun 29, 2021

Make This Year 'Their Year'

This year is the Backpack Comeback. With the challenges faced this past year, Family Giving Tree is determined to help Bay Area students make this year ‘their year’. Whether children will be back in the classroom or continue learning from home, having the correct school supplies are essential for participating and learning. With the addition of earbuds and extra notebooks, Family Giving Tree works with the teachers to ensure the supplies are exactly what students need.

 

Our goal is to provide 23,500 students with supply-filled backpacks through our partner schools. To achieve this, we are working to ensure the public can safely volunteer their time in our warehouse. Some precautions include smaller volunteer groups, hygiene equipment, social distancing, and the need to show proof of vaccination to work inside the building. 

 

All of these will help keep staff and community members safe while giving back and providing backpacks.

Mar 10, 2021

A Wonderful Surprise: More Gifts Than Expected

Though this year looked different for many, thanks to you, along with foundations and corporate partners, FGT was able to fulfill over 50,000 wishes. And with distributions still continuing into this month, we see the fruits of our community’s generosity as that number steadily increases. 

 

It is heartwarming to see neighbors, friends, and strangers come together to help make these gifts and holiday memories possible for so many in our community. With the needs growing, we constantly work to help as many people and we can. Initially, we had planned to help less than half of those we serve out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic. To be able to say that we are able to distribute nearly the same amount of gifts in years before is one of the most wonderful surprises of 2020 we experienced.

 

A big “Thank You!” from the bottom of our hearts and your fellow neighbor for making this holiday season brighter.

 
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