The Family Giving Tree

We fulfill the exact holiday wish and provide backpacks filled with school supplies to those children in the most need in our communities while inspiring the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism.
Jul 19, 2016

Wish Collection

Deliver joy this holiday season
Deliver joy this holiday season

The sweltering heat of July seems the furthest thing from the holidays but the wishes are beginning to arrive. As the requests come in, we see the bigger picture of poverty in Silicon Valley: bedding, shoes, clothes, and educational toys. The needs of the community for basic amenities grows. Struggling to pay increased rent and provide food leaves little left for holiday gifts.

Children living in these families grow up expecting little during the season of giving; children like Luis who, when asked what he wished for, replied,

“Two pillows. My mom and sister are sleeping on the floor of my grandmother’s house and I would like for them to each have a pillow.”

They may not know what poverty means but they feel its effects. Poverty should not define the memories of children. As we collect thousands of wishes like Luis’, we ask the community to gather together and aim to deliver joy to over 70,000 children and individuals. You can deliver joy this holiday season, fulfilling the wishes of those most in-need in our community.

The needs of the community
The needs of the community
Jul 19, 2016

The Impact of a Backpack

The tools to succeed!
The tools to succeed!

What is the impact of a backpack for the over 354,000 children living in poverty in the Bay Area? It is the confidence to participate in the classroom. It is the ability to finish homework on time. It is the catalyst that sparks the love of learning and lays a firm foundation for a successful future. A 2015 study of 70,000 teachers nationwide found that access to quality school supplies have a significant impact on:

  • Increased interest in learning – 78%
  • Increased class preparedness – 92%
  • Improved self-esteem – 72%

This is where you come in. Through Family Giving Tree’s 2016 Back-to-School Drive, you can give hope to 37,000 local low-income students by giving them access to backpacks filled with the tools needed to thrive in the classroom. You can impact the lives of those most in-need by continuing to invest in their future.

Invest in our future
Invest in our future
Apr 20, 2016

The Power of Reading

Spark a Passion for Reading
Spark a Passion for Reading

Books have a powerful impact on children from an early age, expanding creativity, sparking a lifelong passion of knowledge and aiding in the study of STEM subjects. However, for the one in four children living in poverty in California, books are luxuries that cannot be afforded. With low-income students falling two grade levels behind their peers in reading skills by 3rd grade, not having books comes at a greater cost to our community.

A third grade teacher shares, “ Most [students] don’t own books. They don’t have them at home. They use the small library but it makes a difference when they have ownership and they don’t have to return it. It’s theirs.”

Kicking off our Back-to-School Drive, Family Giving Tree’s Books for Backpacks campaign sparks the love of learning in low-income children by providing a new book in each elementary school backpack. Because of your generosity, you have helped distribute books to over 15,000 low-income elementary students! Thank you!

You can continue to spark the love of learning for low-income students on May 3rd through SV Gives where every donation will provide a new book in an elementary school backpack.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader

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