In the Bay Area, a place known for luxury and wealth, nearly one fourth of Californians can barely afford basic needs, leaving nothing extra for families to enjoy together. Family Giving Tree believes in the power of community and is busy coordinating early efforts toward the Holiday Wish Drive. “Christmas in July” is just a phrase for some, but, at Family Giving Tree, the winter holidays are never far from our minds.
While most of our supporters are thinking of Back-to-School, we are busy surveying need for the holidays. During these critical summer months, our Agency Coordinator works one-on-one with each of our 300+ social service agencies to collect specific holiday wishes for the community to adopt in the fall. One social service agency representative noted,
“Family Giving Tree and their direct supporters always give the best quality gifts to our low-income families. Each child from zero to 12 is always SO excited to receive a gift they ACTUALLY asked for … Thank you for making such a difference in the lives of low-income children Family Giving Tree!”
As we work to collect 80,000 individual wishes to distribute in December, consider becoming a “Direct Supporter” Drive Leader or adopting more wishes. Every gift makes a difference.
Your work makes their smiles possible
Jul 6, 2017
One Backpack, Endless Possibilities
By Jennifer Cullenbine - Founder & CEO
1 backpack gives endless possibilities to students
1 in 4 Californian children are living in poverty; over 350,000 children in the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch at school. In an area where the cost of living has skyrocketed, families struggle to pay rent and feed their children, leaving no room for purchasing a backpack filled with school supplies. Family Giving Tree strives to close the opportunity gap by investing in these children.
A school admin from one of our partner schools in East Palo Alto explains, “The support that the families get from the backpacks with supplies has been invaluable. Our families struggle to make it in the Bay Area with many of them living multiple families in living spaces that were not designed for multiple families. Without the Family Giving Tree, our families and students would not be as prepared for school.”
We believe that a backpack with school supplies gives endless possibilities to low-income students. Family Giving Tree needs your help to provide 40,000 students with the school supplies they need to succeed. To help break the cycle of poverty through Family Giving Tree’s 2017 Back-to-School Drive, consider making a donation, filling a backpack, leading a drive, or volunteer at our warehouse. To find out more go to our website.
Apr 10, 2017
Family Giving Tree's 2017 Back-to-School Drive
By Amelia Johnson - Development Associate
Help them succeed!
In the spring, students and teachers are thinking about the end of the school year; however, Family Giving Tree is already planning our Back-to-School Drive to prepare low-income students for the first days of school in late August. While many factors contribute to the cycle of poverty, providing a backpack filled with essential school supplies removes a socioeconomic barrier for these students to engage in their education.
Because of the generosity of our community, the Back-to-School Drive has provided backpacks to over 240,000 students in need over the past two decades, making Family Giving Tree the largest backpack distributor in California.
Partnering with more than 300 schools in Silicon Valley, our goal is to provide 40,000 low-income students backpacks filled with essential school supplies this year. Your help is crucial to this endeavor. In the coming months, community support facilitates backpack deliveries to Family Giving Tree’s Back-to-School Warehouse for distribution to schools across the seven counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
You can support the Drive in two ways: make a donation online or shop for a backpack and bring it to our warehouse in August. Your support of Family Giving Tree is an investment in the future of the Silicon Valley community.