Feb 10, 2014

Kicking Off the Back-to-School Drive!

A new backpack brings big smiles to a little girl
A new backpack brings big smiles to a little girl

What a great way to jumpstart our 2014 Back to School Drive! Thank you for all of your continued support!

With 80% of jobs created in the next decade requiring STEM skills, these backpacks and supplies which you helped provide can help break the cycle of poverty for children by giving them the tools they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

As of today, your donations will help 49 students get ahead of the curve and come into the classroom prepared to learn. According to Geoff Vu from the Roots Academy in Oakland, donations like these “relieve a tremendous burden that no child or family should have to carry”. On behalf of the children we help, thank you!

Our Back to School warehouse opens in the beginning of August. There the backpacks will be stuffed, sorted according to school, and picked up for distribution to the students before the first day of classes for the 2014 school year.

Ready for school
Ready for school
The tools needed to succeed in the classroom
The tools needed to succeed in the classroom
Feb 10, 2014

Making it all Worthwhile

A boy bonds with his stuffed bear
A boy bonds with his stuffed bear

There are moments during the long hours of the Holiday Wish Drive when the magnitude of what we do, with your help as donors, settles in our minds and makes it all worthwhile.

During the Drive, we came across a 4 year old boy named Jacob. He was so excited because he got what he wished for after he was told that he wouldn’t be getting any presents this year because he was on the “Naughty List”.

Thanks to your generous donations through this project, we were able to erase 111 Bay Area children off of the “Naughty List” and fulfill their holiday wishes. Thank you for giving these children happy holiday memories and showing them that living in poverty does not mean they are on anyone’s “Naughty List”.  The gifts were distributed at our warehouse and picked up by the agencies we work with. Deepa from Glide Memorial Family, Youth, and Children’s Center expresses her gratitude, “Nothing compares to the looks on the child’s face: pure joy and happiness; the idea that people in the community care about them as individuals.”

A girl proudly shows her new remote control car
A girl proudly shows her new remote control car
Thank you
Thank you
 
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