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.
Mar 10, 2021
A Backpack Comeback
By Amelia Johnson - Developemnt Officer
A little boy masked holding a colorful backpack
Students may be counting the days until summer break but Family Giving Tree is busy preparing for the new school year ahead. With the school reopening plans varying from district and county, FGT is still committed to preparing students for learning, whether it happens at home or in a classroom.
In addition to providing backpacks at the beginning of the school year, FGT is continuing our educational support with our Student Restock Program and our School Success Kits. With supplies dwindling and the inability to replenish supplies from a classroom stock due to the spread of COVID, students require additional tools to complete their assignments.
This year our goal is to help 22,000 students prepare to learn with supply-filled backpacks and provide School Success Kits filled with school supplies and health items to keep them healthy during the rest of the school year.
Nov 11, 2020
The Adaptations for a New Normal
By Amelia Johnson - Development Officer
This year has been difficult for everyone. A pandemic threatens our lives and our way of life and those Family Giving Tree serves face the highest risk. Those who work on the front lines as essential workers, families, individuals facing homelessness, and seniors; all those with limited access to proper PPE to use and refill stock.
That is why FGT is working to provide Essential Health Kits with each wished-for gift for 40,000 children, adults, and seniors who have been affected by financial hardships and are particularly vulnerable to the COVID pandemic. With at least 11% of those we serve experiencing homelessness, health kits are crucial in providing access to the items that keep them safe and restocking those same items.
One of the recipients speaks to the crucial nature of Essential Health Kits during a pandemic:
“We’re located in the Tenderloin and it is a dense neighborhood, so having clean hands, healthy teeth, and masks for seniors who are the at-risk/more susceptible to COVID-19 is important. It also minimizes the spread and helps our community. Care packages are important. It’s a matter of income and for these seniors, the majority of their expenses go to food and rent, therefore not much left over for “hygiene items.”
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