As students return from their winter break, we remember the joy they felt only four months ago when they first received their backpacks at the beginning of the year. But the school year is half over; students and teachers alike are running low on supplies with little funds with which to replace. Students coming into a new school half way through the year without the tools they need, teachers running out of basic supplies to fulfill mid-year needs.
Luckily, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our community in 2018, Family Giving Tree was able to distribute extra backpacks and school supplies that are able to fulfill the constant need in our partner schools. Your support means students like those at Burnett Middle School are able to focus on school work and learning instead of worrying about running out of paper or losing their only pencil.
We couldn’t do this without you.
The confidence of having the tools you need
Jan 9, 2019
Wishes Fulfilled; Memories Created!
By Jennifer Cullenbine - CEO & Founder
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has ended. Thanks to community support, every child on our list and waitlist received their gift. But did you know Family Giving Tree helps more than just children? Homeless adults, seniors in-need, and teens are all included in our Holiday Wish Drive. Unfortunately, their wishes are often are the last to be fulfilled, if fulfilled at all.
Imagine it’s the holidays. You’re sixteen and watching your younger siblings joyfully unwrapping their gifts. As the oldest child, you don’t expect to receive anything, only to be overjoyed when you open that special sweater you wanted. Fast forward: you’re 88 years-old residing at a senior center. The holidays don’t mean much to you. You don’t have any family and you haven’t even received a gift in over 15 years. Now imagine being handed a special gift - carefully selected for you. That beautiful robe will not only keep your body warm but also remind you that someone cares.
As we wrap up our Holiday Wish Drive with our partner agencies and our waitlist organizations, please remember that so many of the memories you helped create this season impacted those in our community who feel overlooked the rest of the year. Your efforts not only provided gifts but also unexpected joy and light in the world of our recipients. Thank you.
Surprise and excitement from wishes fulfilled!
Sep 11, 2018
2018 Back-to-School Drive
By Jennifer Cullenbine - CEO and Founder
Thank you for my backpack!
As of today, through the 2018 Back-to-School Drive, you have provided 37,000+ students from low-income families with the tools they need to complete assignments and homework and help them to feel confident in the classroom. We wanted to pass along their thanks to you.
While you may not experience the results firsthand, the impact of your generosity creates a lasting imprint not only on each child and their family but also on the future of our community as a whole. When generations of students are prepared to learn and find joy in their education, the community benefits from their talents and skills. It's not an immediate outcome but it is worth the wait.